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"Why doesn't Glinda just take over and then look for Mombi? Because then the story would end too soon, and Baum still has his word length to worry about."

I think this is a use of the dream-logic of the folk tale. Jinjur is establishing a taboo, and potent one at that: night is evil's time. Glinda is powerful, but even she has to bow before the taboo. Everyone has their limits.

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