Nathan (vovat) wrote,

Jinjur Snaps Back

Anyone who has read the second Oz book knows about Jinjur, the young Munchkin woman who led an all-female army in a revolt against the Scarecrow's government over the Emerald City, claiming that it had been ruled by men long enough. After the conquest, the girls spent their time eating caramels and plundering jewels. So much for female empowerment. Mind you, it was another girl, Ozma, who took the throne from Jinjur, with the help of Glinda and HER all-female army. Jinjur reappears in the next book, Ozma of Oz, now settled down on a farm and married to a man with nine cows. He doesn't actually appear, though, as he's nursing a black eye that he received when deciding to milk the wrong cow. Later books show Jinjur growing candy on her farm, and being a talented enough artist that she once painted new straw for the Scarecrow. Her husband never appears in these books either, however. The former general seems to be living alone in Tin Woodman, and her main companion in Neill's Runaway is a stallion named Jennifer. Is Jinjur's husband away most of the time? Does he prefer to stay out of the spotlight? Did they get a divorce? Or did he not even exist in the first place? We don't really know. I would, however, like to mention the Oziana story "Jinjur's Journal," in which the mysterious husband does appear, and is called Mr. Popp (no relation to the corkscrew of the same name, presumably).
Tags: books, characters, oz

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