“‘you are indeed fortunate in possessing two such loyal companions!’” (Langley, 114).
So apparently there wasn’t any trouble with the spell. The Magician was cured without any complications, and the only reason the Land of Green Ginger is moving away from Samarkand, is because he didn’t realize they were still there. That was kind of…not anti-climatic, since it wasn’t set up as a problem.Thinking about it now, it does seem reasonable that the Magician would be human again and moving the Land of Green Ginger.
I don’t have a lot to say about the first part of the tenth chapter. Boomalakka Wee learns that “he knew even less about the Magic Lamp and what worked it than he thought he did, which had never been much” (110).
He also learns, after talking to the Magician, that the reason his magic’s not working is because it’s clogged. And the reason it’s clogged?
He’s been stamping with the wrong foot. That’s it! That was a shock. So basically, Boomalakka’s really incompetent. It doesn’t help that the Mouse is so intelligent and resourceful in comparison.
During the Magician’s investigation of the cause of the clog, he asks Boomalakka Wee to stomp his foot to observe what the trouble is. This is the Mouse’s response:
“‘I’m afraid his legs are too numb,’ the Mouse began protectively” (111).
See, she does care.
Once that’s resolved, Boomalakka Wee’s first order of business is to go home and, likewise, take the Mouse home. But she refuses. Even though she tells them it’s not their business to pressure someone tell to explain their motives, she admits that she has to see Abu Ali’s adventure to its resolution. And I agree with her on that. I agree with her on a lot of things I’ve noticed.
Boomalakka agrees and insists to Abu Ali that “‘how ever would you manage without me?'” (114). Yes, I’m sure his trouble would decrease exponentially without your “assistance”, Boomalakka Wee.
Anyway, the Magician gladly agree to take the Land of Green Ginger to Samarkand and surprises Khayyam while he’s composing poetry when it lands.
Apparently Omar Khayyam was a reference to this poet, among other professions. From reading the summary on the back, I knew he was in it, but I didn’t make the connection that he was Omar Khayyam. I thought he was a tent-maker. Was this established earlier and I missed it?
There’s a few other things with the Mouse, showing loyalty to Abu Ali and not trusting Khayyam because he might have cats.
One important plot point is that Abu Ali gives Khayyam the Lamp.
From there, he heads to Sulkpot’s house and is promptly captured. Sulkpot is none too happy to see him. But the best part is when Sulkpot threatens to boil Kublai Snoo and the Captain of the guards in oil if they say another word:
“‘He can’t throw us in the vat of oil,’ said Kublai Snoo to the Captain serenely. “It’s our afternoon off in a minute. We caught a suitor!’
‘So we did! Where are you going?’ asked the Captai of the Guard interestedly.
‘Oh, just up and down the town,’ said Kublai Snoo airily. ‘Just looking about, and talking to people.’
‘Would you mind if I came with you?’ asked the Captain, charmed by the idea.
‘Certainly,’ said Kublai Snoo generously. ‘Have you any money?’
‘A little,’ admitted the Captain.
‘Then we might go for a camel ride or something,’ said Kublai Snoo. ‘You can get a special return ticket which works out very reasonable'” (121-2).
So amusing! I love the amicable chitchat of the whole exchange. Abu Ali has to nudge them to remind them that they’re supposed to on duty not discussing their afternoon plans!
Sulkpot finally has enough and sends Abu Ali to “the nethermost dungeon” (123). On hearing this, Abu Ali “became really annoyed for the first time” and asks that Sulkpot to invite the Emperor of China to his execution (123).
This intrigued me. Was Aladdin going to make an appearance? And I wondered how Sulkpot will respond when he learns who Abu Ali is? And that is actually is a Prince?
And I thought things were worse at the end of the ninth chapter. Abu Ali is not only put in “the deepest, darkest, dampest dungeon” but he’s guarded by man “known to steal milk from blind kittens” (124). Just…that’s awful. What’s going to happen?
At the same time, Silver Bud hears noise from inside the room she locked in. The Princes have arrived. I am worried.
- hauteur: n.
- cacophonous: adj.
the Mouse: “‘Ask him to turn the Wicked Princes into beetles!'” (109)
Langley, Noel. The Land of Green Ginger. Jeffrey, NH: David R. Godine Publisher, 1975. Print.