How the Nome King became angry

The Nome King was in an angry mood, and at such times he was very disagreeable.

Every one kept away from him, even his Chief Steward Kaliko.

Therefore the King stormed and raved all by himself, walking up and down in his jewel-studded cavern and getting angrier all the time.

Then he remembered that it was no fun being angry unless he had some one to frighten and make miserable, and he rushed to his big gong and made it clatter as loud as he could.

In came the Chief Steward, trying not to show the Nome King how frightened he was.

„Send the Chief Counselor in here!“ shouted the angry monarch.

[…] „Some people,“ said the Chief Counselor, „enjoy getting angry.“

„But not all the time,“ declared the King. „To be angry once in a while is really good fun, because it makes others so miserable. But to be angry morning, noon and night, as I am, grows monotonous and prevents my gaining any other pleasure in life. Now, what do you advise?“

The Emerald City of OZ by L. Frank Baum, The Reilly & Lee Co. Chicago