Within the Palace of the Emerald City, Dorothy settled back into her status as a princess, while Polychrome, Button-Bright, Toto, and the Shaggy Man were given the usual royal treatment accorded to guests of Ozma. In a suite set aside for him, the Shaggy Man was delighted to find richly-textured garments which yet were shaggy, which is to say threadbare as his old clothes.
Ozma admitted them all to her presence, and explained that it was she who mixed up the roads back in Kansas so that Dorothy could make her way to Oz in time for Ozma’s birthday. Via the Magic Picture, she kept watch to make sure they never got into any danger she would have had to wish them out of with the Magic Belt. She also got Shaggy to admit he stole the Love Magnet, but forgave him and ordered the Magnet put above the gates of Emerald City.
In time, the guests arrived for Ozma’s party, and the list was a who’s who not only of characters known in Oz, including the Braided Man and the Royal Family of Ev– and indeed King Dox and King Kik-a-bray– but “guest stars” from some of Baum’s other books, such as the title characters of John Dough and the Cherub and Queen Zixi of Ix, the Queen and the Candy Man of Merryland from Dot and Tot in Merryland, and from Baum’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, the one and only Claus!
Ozma’s birthday party was the grandest of grand affairs, beginning with a royal banquet at which toasts were given, poems read, songs sung, and magic performed. The Wizard caused a pie to appear in front of Dorothy; when she cut it open, the nine tiny piglets jumped out and danced.
The next morning saw an enormous procession in which Princess Ozma deigned to walk rather than being drawn in her chariot. Afterward, shows of skill were performed by the Scarcrow, the Tin Woodman, Glinda, Papa Bruin the Rubber Bear (a friend of John Dough’s), the Good Witch of the North (in her first appearance since Wonderful Wizard), and Johnny Dooit. Finally, the Wizard sent all the visitors home in giant soap bubbles (from soap mixed with glue to keep them from bursting) whose flight was guided by Santa, who of course knew where everyone lived.
Button-bright was also sent home in this way, as indeed Santa and his Ryls and Knooks were dispatched back to the Laughing Valley of Ho-Ha-Ho. Dorothy asked Polychrome if she was going by bubble, but Polly said that Santa promised to have a word with her father on the way. Sure enough, the Rainbow soon arched down and collected the dancing little girl.
The Shaggy Man electing to stay, Dorothy passed a pleasant evening with a small circle of friends. At her request, Ozma used the Magic Belt to send Dorothy and Toto back to Kansas only after they were asleep.