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Toto. Dorothy's faithful companion on her first trip to the Land of Oz.

The most famous line involving Toto appears not in the L. Frank Baum text, but in the script of the film: “Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore...”reference 1 The terrier played the straight man to Judy Garland's top banana in this one-sided exchange signifying that they had left the world of the predictable or expected. Toto, though he plays several key roles in Dorothy's adventures, is the only one of the sojourners to go unrewarded by the Wizard at the end of both the film and the book. No doubt faithfulness is its own reward.

1. Langley, Noel, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, Michael Patrick Hearn, and L. Frank Baum. 1989. The Wizard of Oz: The Screenplay. New York: Delta.

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