Hello fellow book lovers! Im just joined this community. I have to admit was was very excited when i found it. I LOVE discussing things that happen in Wicked. I hardly ever have a chance to really analyze things with anyone. Any-who. I bought the book because im a diehard Wizard of Oz fan, and i fell in love with it just by reading the description on the back of the book. This was like two years ago, and i have read it over seven times...I just can't get enough of it!!! I have seen the musical too, and its really hard to compare the two. Because although they both have some of the same plots and such, they really are entirely different stories, and i LOVE them both!
I thought that i would ask something that i dont think has been asked yet. If it has then its gonna get asked again;-)
Anywho. I was wondering how everyone saw G(a)linda and Elphaba's relationship. Dont jump down my throat, But I have many reasons to beleive that they were sort of romantically involved. Not neccessarily Sexually, but romantically nontheless. It was never stated that they were more than friends in the book, but some of the things that Gregory Maguire made them say and act makes me beleive that they had something going on between them.
"Oh miss Elphaba," said Galinda, "You terrible mean thing, you're pretty!"............."Entrancing," she said, "There's some strange exotic quality of beauty about you, I never thought."
Pages 134-138 really show Glinda and how she's taking interest in Elphaba's life and wants a part in it.
On page 162, after the funeral and talk with madam Morrible, Galinda faints:
" Elphaba thrust out strong arms and scooped Glinda in mid-collapse. Glinda didn't really lose consciousness, but the uncomfortable physical nearness of the hawk-faced Elphaba after that undesired act of desire made her want to shiver with revoltion and purr at the same time. "Steady on, girl, not here," said Elphaba, "resiste,come one!" Resist was just what Glinda didn't want to do. But after all, in the shadow of an apple cart, on the edge of the market were merchants were selling the fish of the day,cheap,well,this was hardly the place. "Tough,tough skin," said Elphaba, appearing to oull the words form the back of her throat. "Come on Glinda-you've got better brains-come on! I love you too much, snap out of it, you idiot!"
That whole underlined part alone suggests that she didn't want to resist Elphaba. Another part, when Glinda and Elphaba are on their way to the emerald city, Pg 169:
They rested like other thrid class travelers, in the back rooms above inn kitchens. In a single lumpy bed,they huddles together for warmth and encouragement and, Glinda told herself, protection....Glinda would start as if from a frightful dream and, and nestle in nearer to Elphaba, who seemed at night never to sleep.
And later in that chapter after they had seent he wizard on page 178:
"She put her face againts Glinda's and kissed her. "Hold out, if you can," she murmured, and kissed her again. "Hold out, my sweet."....Glinda craned her head to see Elphaba drift back into the crowds.....it was astounding how quickly she became comouflaged in the ragamuffin variety of street life in the Emerald City. Or maybe it was foolish tears blurring Glinda's vision.......The sting to Glinda was real."
And lastly, on page 344, where Glinda and Elphaba see each other for the first time since the emerald city:
".........The Witch in fact alarmed her a little. It was not just the novelty of seeing her again, but the strange chraisma Elphaba possessed, which had always put glinda in the shade. Also there was the thrill, bases indeterminible, which made Glinda shy, and caused her to rush her words , and to speak in a false high voice like an adolescent. How quickly you could be thrown back into the terrible uncertainty of your youth!
For when she chose to remember her youth at all, she could scarecly dredge an ounce of recollection about the daring meeting with the wizard. She coulr recall more clearly how she and Elphie had shared a bed on the road to the Emerald City. How brave that had made her feel, and how vulnerable too."
I know that these passeges could be taken as "freindship" only, But to me, It looks as if Glinda had some feelings, other than friendship ,for Elphaba. She just didn't act on them fully. And Elphaba possibly felt something, but i think that it was mostly Glinda. Here i am re-evaluating my own post.lol.
But then again. These are just my opinions. Anyone have a say or want to give their opinion??