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Little Man



Narrator:  Once upon a time in a kingdom faraway there was a miller who was poor, but who had a beautiful daughter. The girl worked too hard, and her father wanted a better life for her,  Then one day her father went to speak to the king.


Father:   I have a beautiful  daughter who can spin straw into gold.


King:  I would like to see her.  If your daughter is as clever as you say, bring her tomorrow to my palace, and I will put her to the test.


Narrator:   When the girl came to the palace, he took her into a room which was full of straw and gave her a spinning-wheel.


King:  Now get to work, and if by tomorrow morning you have not spun this straw into gold during the night, you and your father will be sent away from my kingdom.


Narrator:  Then he locked up the room, and left her alone.


Girl: Oh, what am I going to do?  I don`t how straw can be spun into gold


Narrator:  Then the door opened.


Little Man:  Good evening, why are you crying ?


Girl:   I have to spin straw into gold, and I do not know how to do it.


Little Man:  What will you give me if I do it for you?


Girl:   My necklace.


Little Man:  I accept.  Give me your necklace.


Narrator:   Then he sat in front of the wheel, and whirr, whirr, whirr, three turns, and the reel was full, then he put another on, and whirr, whirr, whirr, three times round, and the second was full too. And so it went on until the morning, when all the straw was spun, and all the reels were full of gold.


Little Man:  I have to go now since I already finished my work.  I will see you soon.


Narrator:   Then the King entered the room.


King:  Oh!  I am so surprised and delighted of your work, little gir!  Now you will go to  another room full of straw and will keep spinning. 


Narrator:  The girl didn`t know what to do, and started crying again.  Then little man appeared.


Little Man:  What will you give me if I spin that straw into gold for you?


Girl:  The ring on my finger,


Little Man: I accept, give me your ring. 


Narrator:  Again the little man began to turn the wheel, and by morning had spun all the straw into glittering gold, and disappeared.  Then the King entered the room. 


King:  This is marvelous!   Now you will go to a still larger room full of straw, and you must spin and spin the entire night, and if you succeed, you will be my wife.


Narrator:  When the girl was alone the little man came again for the third time.


Little Man: What will you give me if I spin the straw for you this time also?


Girl: I have nothing left that I could give you.


Little Man:  Then promise me, when you become queen, you will give me your first child.


Girl:  I promise you.


Narrator:  Then the little man once once more spun the straw into gold.  In the morning he disappeared again.  Then the King entered the room- 


King:  Very good.  Now you will be my wife.  You will become queen.


Narrator:  A year after, she brought a beautiful child into the world, and she forgot about the promise she made to the little man.  Suddenly he came into her room


Little Man:  Now give me what you promised.


Girl: Oh no!  I can not give you my son.  I offer you all the riches of the kingdom if you don`t take my son away from me. 


Little Man:  No, he is dearer to me than all the treasures in the world.


Girl:  Please, no! 


 Little Man:  I will give you three days.  If by that time you find out my name, then  you will keep your child.


Narrator:  So the queen thought the whole night of all the names that she had ever heard.


Girl:  What can his name be?  I know, I will send a messenger over the country to find out for any other names that there might be.


Narrator:  When the little man came the next day, she said.


Girl:  Mmm your name is Caspar.


Little Man:  No


Girl: Melchior?


Little Man:  Of course not.


Girl:  Then it`s  Balthazar.


Little Man:  That is not my name.


Narrator: On the second day she asked around the neighborhood for names of the people there.  When the little man came again, she said.


Girl:  Perhaps your name is  Shortribs.


Little Man:  No!


Girl:  Then it`s Sheepshanks.


Little Man:  Think again.



Girl:  Laceleg? 


Little Man:  That is not my name.


Narrator:  On the third day the messenger came back again, and said


Messenger:  I have not been able to find a single new name, but as I came to a high mountain at the end of the forest, there I saw a little house, and outside the house before the house a quite ridiculous little man was jumping, he hopped upon one leg, and shouted:

     Today I bake, tomorrow brew,

     the next I’ll have the young queen’s child.

     How glad am I that no one knew

     that Rumpelstiltskin is my name.


Girl:  Oh this is great news.  Thank you!


Narrator: Then the little man came.


Little Man: Now, my dear queen, what is my name?


Girl:  Is your name Conrad?


Little Man: No.


Girl:   Is your name Harry?


Little Man:  No.


Girl:   Perhaps your name is Rumpelstiltskin?


Little Man:  Who told you that!   Who told you that!


Girl:  Now, you have to keep your promise.  I told you your name, you will not take my little son with you.


Little Man:  Yes, my queen. 


Narrator:  And the little man disappeared. 


The End


Grimm Brothers

Adapted by K I D S I N C O

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