Goodnight and I continued our reading adventure in Oz. Last night’s installment was great for some laughs.
General Jinjur is a female in charge of an all-female army. At first glance, it appears they have no weapons. But do they?
The following excerpt if from Chapter 8 of The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, 1904. The book is in public domain and available from the Project Gutenberg website.
They were divided into four companies, and Tip noticed that all were dressed in costumes similar to that worn by General Jinjur. The only real difference was that while those girls from the Munchkin country had the blue strip in front of their skirts, those from the country of the Quadlings had the red strip in front; and those from the country of the Winkies had the yellow strip in front, and the Gillikin girls wore the purple strip in front. All had green waists, representing the Emerald City they intended to conquer, and the top button on each waist indicated by its color which country the wearer came from. The uniforms were Jaunty and becoming, and quite effective when massed together.
Tip thought this strange Army bore no weapons whatever; but in this he was wrong. For each girl had stuck through the knot of her back hair two long, glittering knitting-needles.
This section tickled Goodnight to no end. She laughed and laughed as I read. I got a kick out of it, too, but for reasons that run a little deeper than Baum’s plot. It may involve a knitting Gram . . . and an aiport security breech . . . code red . . . maybe.