The Guardian of the Gates led them through the streets until they came to a big building,
exactly in the middle of the City, which was the Palace of Oz, the Great Wizard.
There was a soldier before the door, dressed in a green uniform and wearing a long green beard.
"Here are strangers," said the Guardian of the Gates to him, "and they demand to see the Great Oz."
"Step inside," answered the soldier, "and I will carry your message to him."
So they passed through the Palace Gates and were led into a big room with a green carpet and lovely green furniture set with emeralds.
The soldier made them all wipe their feet upon a green mat before entering this room,
and when they were seated he said politely: "Please make yourselves comfortable while I go to the door of the Throne Room and tell Oz you are here."