Sancho’s Thoughts on Hate

by Rachel Baker on October 24, 2010

I’m reading The Sea Fairies by L. Frank Baum right now. This book was published in 1911 as the first book in a series; and was to replace the Oz series of books, which were “finished” (at least until 1913, when Baum decided to start writing The Patchwork Girl of Oz. Reception for The Sea Fairies and its subsequent book Sky Island was not as successful as any of the Oz books.

If I’d read this books when I was a child, I think it would have been on the list of “my favorite books of the Whole world” <– to be read with that child voice in your head.

I haven’t finished the book yet (I think its 81% complete), but I wanted to share some things with you that have struck me as interesting.

One of my favorite characters in the book is a little slave boy named Sancho – at least, I get the impression he’s a little boy, but I could be wrong. Sancho is a great character (more about Sancho in the forthcoming review). Through the conversations he has with Trot (the main character), we get some inspirational little things to contemplate when we are making our way through this world.

I am reading the Kindle version of The Sea Fairies. Thusly, I will be providing the location of the passage I’m quoting. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to figure out how to translate to page numbers vs line numbers. My apologies.

Words for Thought:

“Do you hate Zog, too?” asked Trot.
“Oh no,” answered the boy. “People lose a lot of time in hating others, and there’s fun in it at all. Zog may be hateful, but I’m not going to waste time hating him. You may do so, if you like.” ~ Location: 976-87


“Well, how do you like him?” asked Sacho with a laugh.
“We hate him!” declared Trot emphatically.
“Of course you do,” replyied Sacho. “But you’re wasting time hating anything. It doesn’t do any good, or him any harm. Can you sing?”
“A little,” said Trot, “but I don’t feel like singing now.”
“You’re wrong about that,” the boy asserted. “Anything that keeps you from singing is foolish, unless it’s laughter. Laughter, joy and song are the only good things in the world.” ~Location: 1099 – Trot and her companions have just spent time with Zog, and Sancho is escorting them to their lavish rooms.

…just things to think about….

If you haven’t read The Sea Fairies, I’d like to encourage you to do so.


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