I've read the whole book, so I guess my perceptions are coloured (no pun intended) by the whole story.
I too loved Elphaba's first word. It was just so perfect for the little green girl with the vicious teeth.
What do you think the creature was that she was sitting under the pier with? Between it's paws? Do you think this was any indication of her future?
Like Melena and Frex, I too fell in love with Turtle Heart, the Quadling glassblower. There was something gentle and simple about him, that I found intensely comforting while I was reading about all of the other complex characters.
I have so much more to discuss, but I'll leave that for a future post.