Nothing daunted, the Wizard urged Dorothy to help him pluck the new ruler from the Royal Bush, hoping she would be more kindly disposed toward them than the overambitious Prince. Awakening, she assumed authority instantly, and the Prince wandered away, never to be seen again.
By now, proper introductions were made between Dorothy and her party and the Wizard and his tiny piglets, who came, he claimed, from the Island of Teenty-Weent, which was so small that everything on it had to be miniature in order to fit.
(Now is perhaps a good time to point out that Baum either seemed to have difficulty recalling the facts about his creations, or decided to alter things as they suited him without explanation, but his fans and critics alike agree that consistency was not always his strong suit. For instance, in a later book, the origin of the piglets changes completely. Similarly, Nick Chopper’s tale of how he became the Tin Woodman is retold later in the series, with some major differences from the first telling.)
Our Heroes took up residence in Gwig’s former dwelling, where Eureka, who had expressed a wish to eat one of the piglets, now became their playfellow instead, under the watchful eye of Jim. Soon, however, the new Princess informed them that they did not belong in the land of the Mangaboos. Thus, the humans would be devoured by Clinging Vines and the animals banished to the Black Pit.
The humbug Wizard’s humbug wizardry saved them for a time, but eventually they all had to make their escape from the Mangaboo kingdom. This they effected by Jim drawing them in the buggy through an upward-sloping tunnel in a huge mountain.
They emerged to find themselves looking down upon as green and pleasant a valley as anyone could wish to see. The only odd thing was that there were no signs of life. Entering the valley, the travelers came upon plants laden with a peach-like fruit, one of which the nine piglets instantly devoured.
To everyone’s amazement, the piglets became invisible!
In a cottage, Our Friends made the acquaintance of an invisible family who invited them to dinner and explained that the dama-fruit, as it was called, rendered the eater invisible; this, unfortunately, included the fierce bears who lived in the Valley of Voe and were not loath to gobble up people.
The Wizard explained that they wished to get back to their own land on the surface. In an amusing juxtaposition of perception, the invisible husband and father warned them away from trying to get there, lest they fall off of the world. Dorothy assured him that they would not.
The man told them that the only way out of the Valley was to climb the spiral starcase inside Pyramid Mountain (opposite to the mountain from which they escaped the Mangaboos) to the land of the Gargoyles.
Then came the dangerous part: traversing the valley, wherin an invisible bear could attack them at any moment…