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Timeline of Events

  • Year 1

    The green infant Elphaba is born to Frex, a minister, and his wife, Melena.

    Book 1, Chapter 3
  • Year 2

    Frex and Melena take in Turtle Heart, a Quadling glassblower they both come to love.

    Book 1, Chapter 3
  • Year 2

    When Turtle Heart prepares to leave the family, Melena announces she is pregnant.

    Book 1, Chapter 8
  • Year 3

    Nessarose is born at Colwen Grounds, and Turtle Heart is killed by a vicious mob.

    Book 2, Chapter 3
  • Year 3

    Frex, Melena, and their two daughters go to Quadling Country as missionaries.

    Book 2, Chapter 3
  • Year 8

    Melena dies giving birth to her son, Shell.

    Book 2, Chapter 3
  • Year 17

    Elphaba enrolls at Shiz University and meets her roommate and friend, Glinda.

    Book 2, Chapter 1
  • Year 18

    Elphaba's professor, Dr. Dillamond, is murdered while working in his research lab.

    Book 2, Chapter 2
  • Year 18

    Elphaba learns her college head, Madame Morrible, ordered her assistant to kill Dr. Dillamond.

    Book 2, Chapter 3
  • Year 18

    Elphaba leaves Shiz to avoid becoming a pawn for Madame Morrible and the Wizard.

    Book 2, Chapter 3
  • Year 25

    Elphaba works for the resistance movement opposing the Wizard in the Emerald City.

    Book 3, Section 1 (Fiyero and Elphaba's Affair)
  • Year 25

    Elphaba begins an affair with her old classmate Fiyero, indirectly leading to his death.

    Book 3, Section 2 (Elphaba's Plans Go Awry)
  • Year 32

    Elphaba emerges from seven years in a convent with her son, Liir, in tow.

    Book 4, Chapter 2
  • Year 32

    Elphaba and Liir visit Fiyero's family at Kiamo Ko so Elphaba can seek forgiveness.

    Book 4, Chapter 2
  • Year 32

    Elphaba lives with Fiyero's family and tries to tell his wife, Sarima, her story.

    Book 4, Chapter 2
  • Year 32

    Elphaba's Nanny arrives and tells her Nessarose has taken over rule of Munchkinland.

    Book 4, Chapter 3
  • Year 32

    Elphaba returns from Munchkinland to find the Wizard's men have captured Fiyero's family.

    Book 4, Chapter 3
  • Year 40

    A tornado kills many in Munchkinland, including Nessarose, who is crushed by Dorothy's house.

    Book 5, Part 1
  • Year 40

    Elphaba pursues Dorothy to recover Nessarose's jeweled shoes.

    Book 5, Part 9
  • Year 40

    Elphaba returns to Kiamo Ko, where Dorothy finds her and accidentally kills her.

    Book 5, Part 17

Section Summaries Chart

Section Summary
Prologue The Witch watches the party of travelers on the Yellow Brick Road, observing Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Sca... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 1 A Munchkinland minister named Frex and his wife, Melena, prepare for their child's birth. Melena predicts the child will... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 2 Frex is eager to get to the village of Rush Margins because he has received a letter from a distant cousin describing a ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 3 Frex delivers a sermon to the people of Rush Margins, cautioning them against being seduced by the pretty shiny apparatu... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 4 Melena is inconsolable about her green daughter for several days, mainly because the daughter is not a son. Her Nanny co... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 5 On a spring morning when Elphaba is a year and a half old and Frex is away, Melena tells Elphaba her father is a fraud a... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 6 Frex and Nanny arrive home, and Frex reacquaints himself with his wife and then Elphaba while Nanny and Melena prepare d... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 7 Nanny becomes convinced there is a wild animal in the area, perhaps a bear or a wolf, while she and Melena wash laundry ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 8 Through the summer, Elphaba and Nanny settle into a routine of visiting the playgroup every few days. Frex takes his min... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 1 Glinda, still known by her birthname Galinda, travels to university in the city of Shiz in Gillikin without her escort... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 2 Boq skips a night out with the other boys from Briscoe Hall to spy on the girls in Crage Hall, whom he has made a habi... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 3 Despite the evidence that Dr. Dillamond has been murdered, the official story claims Dr. Dillamond stumbled against a ... Read More
Book 3, Section 1 (Fiyero and Elphaba's Affair) Book 3 has no chapter divisions, but analysis is divided into two sections, based on the divide marked by asterisks half... Read More
Book 3, Section 2 (Elphaba's Plans Go Awry) As the winter sets in and Lurlinemas approaches, Elphaba and Fiyero's affair cools somewhat. She hints at a big operatio... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 1 After seven years, Elphaba leaves the Cloister of St. Glinda with a young boy named Liir in tow. She joins the Grasstr... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 2 Sarima's sister, Six, announces Elphaba's arrival and helps plan a welcome dinner. Before dinner, Sarima recognizes El... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 3 Nanny tells Elphaba the family thinks she is a witch, which Elphaba dismisses. Then Nanny tells Elphaba how Nessarose ... Read More
Book 5, Parts 1–2 The Munchkinlanders tell stories about the tornado, each religion offering an interpretation of what it was, ranging f... Read More
Book 5, Parts 3–4 Elphaba returns to Colwen Grounds and attempts to comfort Frex as he mourns Nessarose, his "pet." He says Elphaba was ... Read More
Book 5, Parts 5–7 Elphaba visits Boq and his family to gather information about Dorothy, whom they describe as a plain and likable girl.... Read More
Book 5, Parts 8–11 With little moonlight to guide her and too much drink from dinner, Elphaba wanders to the park and finds the Clock of ... Read More
Book 5, Parts 12–14 Liir returns from a visit to the nearby soldier's camp and reports that Dorothy and her friends have visited the Wizar... Read More
Book 5, Parts 15–18 Elphaba sends Killyjoy and his pack to meet Dorothy and her friends and guide them to Kiamo Ko. The travelers misunder... Read More
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