The Black Plate

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THE BLACK PLATE

 

 

CHARACTERS:

NARRATOR

MERCHANT 1

MERCHANT 2

 GIRL

 GRANDMA

 

 SCRIPT:

 

NARRATOR: Once upon a time in India, there were two merchants who sold plates, pots, pans, brooms, mops, soap, jewelry, and clothes.  Each day, they took turns to sell.

 

MERCHANT 1:  Everybody come here!.  Come see our jewelry for sale, pots, pans.  We have everything you need!.

 

GIRL: Grandma, look at that beautiful bracelet!.

 

GRANDMA: How much is it?.

 

MERCHANT 1: More than what you can pay, old lady.

 

GRANDMA: At home we have an old black metal plate.  Do you want it for the bracelet?.

 

MERCHANT 1: I have to see it first.

 

GRANDMA: Let´s go home so you can see it.

 

MERCHANT 1: Fine, you lead the way, old lady.

 

NARRATOR: When they arrived to the old lady´s house, she showed the plate to the merchant.

 

GRANDMA: Take a look at the plate.

 

MERCHANT 1: Mmmm, let´s see.

 

NARRATOR: When the merchant saw the plate, it was truly black, but when he scratched it a little, he could see that it was a silver plate.

 

MERCHANT 1: This plate is worthless, old lady.  If you want to, I can take the plate with me and give you a broom.

 

GRANDMA: Thank you, but we prefer to keep our plate.

 

MERCHANT 1: It´s your decision.  I have wasted my time.

 

NARRATOR: But the merchant was thinking about going back the next day to try to convince her to give him the plate.  Next day, merchant 2 was selling in the street.

 

MERCHANT 2: Pot, pans, brooms, clothes, I have everything you need!.  Just come and get it!.

 

GIRL: Grandma, look, I still want that beautiful bracelet!.

 

GRANDMA: How much is it?.

 

MERCHANT 2: More than what you can pay, old lady.

 

GRANDMA: At home we have an old black metal plate.  Do you want it for the bracelet?.

 

MERCHANT 2: I have to see it first.

 

GRANDMA: Let´s go home so you can see it.

 

MERCHANT 2: I will follow you.

 

NARRATOR: When they arrived to her house,  she showed him the plate.

 

GRANDMA: Take a look at the plate.

 

MERCHANT 2: Mmmm, this is a silver plate.  It´s all black because it is dirty.  The things I have to sell are not enough to pay you.

 

GRANDMA: Oh, we didn´t know.  But we don´t have anything in this house!.  We don´t have any furniture, we are very poor.  Can you give us the bracelet and something else?.

 

MERCHANT 2: I will give you everything I have.

 

GRANDMA: Oh thank you, you’re so kind.

 

NARRATOR: When the merchant left the home, he went to see his friend.

 

MERCHANT 2: Take a look at this.  It´s a silver plate I got it from an old woman.  I gave her everything I had for this plate.  What do you think?.

 

MERCHANT 1: What?.  I saw that plate yesterday!  I lost an opportunity to have it without giving her anything in return.

 

NARRATOR: Then he stopped to think for a while.

 

MERCHANT 1: I have thought about it. If we join your honesty and the beautiful things that I still have, we can do  great businesses.  Can we work together from now on?.

 

MERCHANT 2: Sure!.

 

NARRATOR: Both men cleaned the silver plate until it was sparkling.  And both became very successful merchants.

 

 

THE END

 

 Author:  Buddhist Legend

 

Moral Value:  Honesty

 

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