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In the classic fairy tale of Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, the Tin Woodman tells why he wanted a heart. A munchkin girl promised to marry him as soon as he earned enough money, chopping wood, to buy a house. The girl’s mother hired the Witch to stop the wedding. By enchanting the ax, the witch caused the woodsman to slip and cut off his leg; the tinsmith made him a new one. Later the ax cut off the other one, then both arms, and even his head. Each was replaced by tin, and his heart remained in love. In frustration, the witch caused the ax to split him in half, breaking his heart. Only then did the Woodsman conclude, "I had now no heart, so that I lost all my love for the munchkin girl and did not care…" (, "Heart (emotions)")

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