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Gayelette was a beautiful Princess as well as a powerful sorceress who once lived in the magical Land of Oz. She was introduced in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which revealed that she was the first original creator of the magical Golden Cap that was tied to the Winged Monkeys of Oz.
Oz History of Gayelette:
- "There lived here then, away at the North, a beautiful princess, who was also a powerful sorceress. All her magic was used to help the people, and she was never known to hurt anyone who was good. Her name was Gayelette, and she lived in a handsome palace built from great blocks of tourmaline. Everyone loved her, but her greatest sorrow was that she could find no one to love in return, since all the men were much too stupid and ugly to mate with one so beautiful and wise. At last, however, she found a boy who was handsome and manly and wise beyond his years. Gayelette made up her mind that when he grew to be a man she would make him her husband, so she took him to her ruby palace and used all her magic powers to make him as strong and good and lovely as any woman could wish. When he grew to manhood, Quelala, as he was called, was said to be the best and wisest man in all the land, while his manly beauty was so great that Gayelette loved him dearly, and hastened to make everything ready for the wedding. "My grandfather was at that time the King of the Winged Monkeys which lived in the forest near Gayelette's elegant jeweled palace, and the old fellow loved a joke better than a good dinner. One day, just before the wedding, my grandfather was flying out with his band when he saw Quelala walking beside the river. He was dressed in a rich costume of pink silk and purple velvet, and my grandfather thought he would see what he could do. At his word the band flew down and seized Quelala, carried him in their arms until they were over the middle of the river, and then dropped him into the water..."
- ―The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
During ancient times, in the Gillikin Country (the northern quadrant of Oz), the beautiful Princess Gayelette resided in a handsome palace built from great rocks of ruby.
As a powerful sorceress, all her magic was used to help her people, and she never hurt anyone who was good. Hence, she was beloved by her subjects, but she was also vain, short-tempered, and fastidious. Her inability to find a husband who was equal to her in beauty and wisdom was her greatest sorrow, but she eventually found a handsome boy named Quelala, whom she raised and groomed to be her husband, using all her magic to make him as strong and good and lovely as any woman could wish.
When he grew to manhood, Quelala and Gayelette were engaged to be married, and the latter spent half her kingdom to create a beautiful Golden Cap as a wedding present for the former to prove her love for him was true.
One day, just before the wedding, the mischievous Winged Monkeys who lived nearby tossed Quelala into a river as a prank. Gayelette was very angry and punished the Winged Monkeys by making them three times the slaves to the owner of the Golden Cap. After the wedding, Quelala commanded them never to bother Gayelette again, and it can be presumed that she and her husband lived happily ever after. (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
- Gayelette and Quelala played important roles in March Laumer's The Frogman of Oz.
- In How the Wizard Came to Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West stole the Golden Cap from Gayelette.
- In Dorothy of Oz, Gayelette and Quelala met Dorothy Gale, and aided her when she sought them out.
- In Hidden History of Oz, Gayelette was the previous Good Witch of the South as well as Glinda's mother. Though she is an extremely powerful sorceress, she is very distant from her husband and daughter. She was also said to age very differently from others, and was at least a hundred-years-old. Before her death, she was investigating why no one in Oz dreamed.