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The Rose of Nest Hardings
The Thropp Second Decending of Nest Hardings
But I remember once when a tinker with a funny accent gave me a draft of some heady brew from a green glass bottle. And I had rare expansive dreams, Nanny, of the Other World – cities of glass and smoke – noise and color – I tried to remember.
—Melena to Nanny regarding drinking the Miracle Elixer from a stranger (the Wizard), Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
In the BooksEdit
In the book series, she is the daughter of Lady Partra Thropp and Romen Skarr, as well as the granddaughter of the Eminent Thropp, and the Thropp 2nd Descending and heiress of the Thropp Family. She married Frexspar the Godly to escape her life at Colwen Grounds, though she came to hate her life as a commoner. She was very flirtatious and is implied to have had an active sex life as a teenager. She also had affairs with the future Wizard of Oz, producing Elphaba, and the Quadling glassblower, Turtle Heart. When Elphaba was born, Melena was repulsed by Elphaba's green skin and sharp teeth, but grew to love her. While pregnant with Nessarose, Melena and her family were forced to flee to Colwen Grounds, and Turtle Heart was sacrificed to the Clock of the Dragon. The guilt of this led Melena and Frex to become missionaries to Quadling Country, where she would die giving birth to her third child and son: Shell Thropp.
In the MusicalEdit
She is seen in the musical for a short time when she has an affair with a traveling salesan who leads to the birth of her daughter, Elphaba. She isn't seen after that, but Elphaba mentions that she died after giving birth to the crippled Nessarose because of eating milk flowers, which were drugs that Frexspar forced her to take so that Nessarose wouldn't turn out green too. This caused Nessarose to be born premature, and for her to die in childbirth.