If strangers pass through the valley the Imps jeer at them and make horrid faces and call names, and often they push travelers out of the path or throw stones at them. Whenever Imp Olite or Imp Udent or Imp Ertinent comes here to bother us, I and my family run into the house and lock all the doors and windows, and we dare not venture out again until the Imps have gone away."
The tin button was Imp Olite, the brass button was Imp Udent and the lead button was Imp Ertinent. These buttons the Wizard placed in a little box which he put in his jacket pocket. "Now," said he, "the Imps cannot annoy travelers, for we shall carry them back with us to the Emerald City." "But we dare not use the buttons," said Ozma, smiling once more now that the danger was over.
And the man replied: "We are happy except for three mischievous Imps that live in yonder valley and often come here to annoy us. If your Highness would only drive away those Imps, I and my family would be very happy and very grateful to you." "Who are these bad Imps?" inquired the girl Ruler. "One is named Olite, and one Udent and one Ertinent, and they have no respect for anyone or anything.