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Elphaba is not interested in socializing, and Galinda, who descends from the noble Arduenna Clan of Gillikin, is more interested in climbing the social ladder than becoming friends with her green roommate. Later, Galinda decides to mock Elphaba by making her wear an unflattering hat. When Elphaba looks pretty anyway, Galinda says so, partly horrified that she talked to the "green girl.

They start attending Doctor Dillamond's biology lectures together. Doctor Dillamond is a self-aware goat, and part of a minority of talking Animals designated by capital letter that hold civil rights equal to humans. Doctor Dillamond informs the class that, under the despotic reign of the Wizard of Oz, Animals are being discriminated against, treated like regular animals and, in some cases, forced to return to the fields.

Doctor Dillamond's fear that Animal discrimination is becoming widespread appears affirmed when Madame Morrible , the Headmistress of Crage Hall at Shiz University, holds a poetry soiree that becomes a forum for her to spread propaganda against them.

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Elphaba is drawn to the Animal rights movement early on; she later becomes Doctor Dillamond's secretary and lab assistant. As she revolts against her father's faith, she develops a deep passion for Dillamond's growing movement against the new government regime. Dillamond becomes something of a mentor for her. He represents everything her father despises, and she forms a bond with him that is closer than to anyone she has previously met. Elphaba becomes friends with Boq, the son of the Munchkin mayor from her hometown, who has a crush on Galinda.

Galinda is a tall Gillikinese and he is a short Munchkinlander, so she rebuffed him. He hopes his friendship with Elphaba will bring him closer to Galinda. But he becomes involved in Elphaba and Doctor Dillamond's cause. Their friendship is shaken, when Doctor Dillamond is murdered while on the verge of a great discovery about the genetic similarities between humans and Animals. Galinda's chaperone Ama Clutch sees the servant Grommetik kill Dillamond, but she is magicked into a false stupor to keep her quiet.

Galinda is wracked with guilt over Ama Clutch's condition. Galinda adopts Dillamond's mispronunciation of her name, Glinda , to memorialize him and throws herself into her studies.

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Through Madame Morrible's manipulation, Glinda decides to study Sorcery. Boq's crush on Glinda eventually subsides, and she, Boq, Elphaba become close friends. They also befriend a Vinkus Prince named Fiyero , a quiet boy who is new to Shiz and draws attention by his strange customs and blue diamond tattoos all across his body. Elphaba's sister Nessarose is also called to Shiz, ostensibly to accompany Nanny, who will serve as the new chaperone for Glinda and Elphaba.

Frex sends his favorite child the "back-to-school" gift of a pair of shoes covered with hand-blown glass beads. Meanwhile, Elphaba secretly carries on Dillamond's research. Clutch's condition gradually deteriorates and, when it is clear that she is about to die, Glinda tries to use magic to save her. Clutch tells Glinda that she saw Grommetik kill Dillamond, which he could have done only on the order of Madame Morrible, the puppet of the Wizard of Oz.

No one is sent west, to Winkie Country , because few people live there.

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While Elphaba is reluctant, Glinda believes this is a chance at an aristocratic life. When they try to discuss the situation with one another, they find they cannot: Unwilling to remain silent, Elphaba decides that something must be done. However, the Wizard of Oz dismisses their concerns out of hand and Glinda and Elphaba have no legal choice but to return to Shiz. Elphaba stays behind and sends Glinda back alone saying that she cannot see her again. She has decided to take matters into her own hands.

Almost five years have passed since Elphaba has seen Glinda , Boq , or any of her other friends from college and she now lives in the Emerald City, secretly involved in the movement to help free the Animals and get rid of the Wizard of Oz. Fiyero, now a Prince with three children, comes to the Emerald City to settle business with politicians. He encounters Elphaba in front of a shrine to St. Glinda, and though Elphaba at first denies being the girl he once knew from Shiz and evades Fiyero, she eventually gives in when he follows her home.

After this, they start to reconnect. He discovers she has started to take up magic, and tells her that Nessa has taken a class in sorcery, Glinda is now a sorceress and that they miss Elphaba. She and Fiyero begin to have an illicit love affair, and he neglects his wife Sarima and his children, Irji, Manek and Nor for his fear of losing her.

The two lovers are at peace, and despite their occasionally conflicting personalities, Elphaba is actually happy with her life for once. Her life changes the night she sets out to finally fulfill her task: Fiyero follows her, but she cannot complete her task due to a group of children interfering with Elphaba's line of fire.

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He returns to her apartment to wait for her, where the Gale Force, the Wizard's secret police force who are looking for Elphaba, attack him. He is kidnapped, hauled away and assumed murdered. Elphaba escapes from the City, and takes refuge in a mauntery something like a convent , where she meets an elderly woman named Yackle, formerly the dame of the Philosophy Club and the crone who produced the unsuccessful curing potion for Elphaba's skin condition which resulted in Nessarose's physical ailment.

Yackle takes the now homeless Elphaba, turned mute from grief after Fiyero's murder, under her wing. Having been unconscious for almost a year and mute for six more, Elphaba goes to the Vinkus , where Fiyero was prince, and meets his wife and children. Elphaba brings along a boy named Liir , to whom she claims no relation, and stays at the castle Kiamo Ko for a year and a half or so.

She attempts to tell Sarima, Fiyero 's wife, of their affair but Sarima refuses to talk about her late husband. Elphaba and Liir unexpectedly become a part of Fiyero's family and are joined by Nanny after some time. While staying at the castle Elphaba also discovers a mysterious book of spells that she calls a ' Grimmerie. The Grimmerie is suggested to have been written in English, revealing that one of her ancestors was a human from Earth.

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Manek, one of Sarima's sons, convinces Liir to hide in a well during a game of hide and seek and leaves him there. Liir nearly dies, and Elphaba's anger at Manek makes an icicle fall on him which penetrates Manek's skull thereby killing him. The experience makes Elphaba realize that she has motherly feelings for Liir, but her newfound warmth is not reciprocated. Liir claims that while in the well a Fish hinted to be Madame Morrible once again told him he was Fiyero's son, confirming suspicions that Liir is the son of Elphaba and Fiyero.

Sarima becomes upset and grieves, and the family starts to fall apart. Elphaba gets a letter from her father Frex, asking her to come help him with Nessarose , who has taken Elphaba's position of Eminent Thropp of Munchkinland. When she arrives, he asks her to help him talk to Nessa, whom Elphaba discovers has become a witch , who she accidentally labels the Wicked Witch of the East.

During a discussion with Frex, Elphaba learns that there is a very high chance neither she nor Nessarose are the daughters of Frex, leaving Elphaba more hurt than confused after Frex claims that he loves Nessarose more simply because she was the living proof there was a single good thing in the world and that even if she was Turtle Heart's daughter, he loved her even more because of it.

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Elphaba leaves after Nessa promises to give Elphaba the infamous silver shoes after she dies Glinda enchanted them to allow her to walk without help. When she returns to Kiamo Ko, she finds everyone gone except Nanny. Nanny explains that the soldiers who were staying in the house took everyone because Nor let slip that Elphaba was not there to protect the household. The villagers and the previous residents of the house hope that she will rescue them.

Elphaba vows to do everything in her power to get the family back. Seven years later, a storm visits Munchkinland, dropping a farmhouse on Nessa, killing her. The farmhouse's passengers are a little girl named Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto. Glinda, who was nearby, sends Dorothy off with Nessa's shoes for fear of their power igniting a civil war in Munchkinland, as well as to ensure Dorothy's safety. She sent Dorothy to the Wizard in hopes that he will send her back to Kansas.

Elphaba comes to the funeral for Nessa. Elphaba and Glinda rejoice at seeing each other after more than a decade.

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The two talk of their titles and catch up. When Glinda tells Elphaba that she gave Nessa's shoes to Dorothy, Elphaba becomes furious with Glinda, as they were rightfully hers. She is then forced into a meeting with the Wizard to bargain for the release of Nor, whom Elphaba is told is the last survivor of Fiyero's family. He reveals, after seeing a ripped page from the Grimmerie that the reason he is in Oz is to acquire the Grimmerie and learn the magic within, citing that only he could read some of its foreign pages. Elphaba refuses to part with it without Nor.

The Wizard, however, refuses to make any agreements. On her way back to Kiamo Ko, Elphaba stops at Shiz to kill Madame Morrible, the task she had been trying to complete the night of Fiyero's murder. She bashes in her skull with her broom; however, it is revealed that Madame Morrible had died only minutes before Elphaba came to murder her. Regardless, Elphaba decides to claim to have committed the murder and confesses to Avaric, an old schoolmate, so that she will get the credit when the news spreads.

She comes upon the Clock of the Time Dragon, which puts on a special show for her: The dwarf running it also found working with Yackle in the Philosophy Club claims to be not of this world, and remarks that Yackle is also not what she seems. Elphaba, who is drunk at the time, dismisses the scene, simply because she does not wish to believe it as it renders her entire life's work all for nothing. Some time after returning to Kiamo Ko, Elphaba finds out that Dorothy and a few friends are heading to Kiamo Ko, apparently to kill her under the Wizard's orders.

When the friends are almost at the castle, Elphaba, having convinced herself that her beloved Fiyero had survived his encounter with the Gale Force and was now masquerading as the Scarecrow , sends her dog Killyjoy out to lead the friends to the castle.

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