The Power of Rumour

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THE POWER OF RUMOUR

 

CHARACTERS:

NARRATOR

HARE 1

HARE 2

LION

PARROT

MONKEYS

TIGERS

ELEPHANTS

 

 

SCRIPT

 

 

NARRATOR: Once upon a time, it happened in a forest that a hare was resting under a banyan tree. He had an intuition of doom and thought.

 

 

HARE 1: What would happen to me, if the earth will break?.

 

 

NARRATOR: Suddenly, he heard a weird striking sound.

 

 

HARE 1: It’s happened, the earth is breaking up.

 

 

NARRATOR: He jumped up and ran madly without even observing the direction. When he was running through the forest, a hare saw him and asked.

 

 

HARE 2: What happened?.  Where are you going in such a hurry?.

 

 

HARE 1: The earth is breaking up. You better run too.

 

 

NARRATOR: The second hare ran so fast that he overtook the first hare. As they were passing the forest, both of them shouted to other hares.

 

 

HARE 1 AND 2: The earth is breaking up. The earth is breaking up.

 

 

NARRATOR: Very soon, thousands of hares were running through the forest. Then the other animals too got frightened. All creatures whether reptiles or birds, insects or four-footed animals, everyone was trying to escape.  A lion standing on a hill saw all the animals running and thought.

 

 

LION: What is the matter?.

 

 

NARRATOR: He ran down the hill rapidly and positioned himself in front of the crowd. He shouted at them.

 

 

LION: Stop!.  Stop!.

 

 

NARRATOR: The powerful presence of the lion curtailed the rising wave of fright among the animals.

 

 

PARROT: The earth is breaking up.

 

 

LION: Who said it? .

 

 

PARROT: I heard it from the monkeys.

 

 

MONKEYS: We heard it from the tigers.

 

 

TIGERS: We were informed by the elephants.

 

 

ELEPHANTS: The buffaloes told us.

 

 

NARRATOR: Finally, when the hares were caught up, they pointed one to another until the one, who started this menace was recognized.

 

 

LION: What made you think that the earth is breaking up?.

 

 

HARE 1: Your Majesty, I heard it cracking with my own ears.

 

 

NARRATOR: The Lion investigated the matter and explored the sound that the hare had heard.

 

 

LION: The sound was caused by a large coconut falling from a tree. The coconut fell on a pile of rocks causing a minor landslide.  Now,  go back to your homes. The earth is absolutely safe. Next time, check a rumour before acting on it.

 

 

NARRATOR: The animals, which were now looking quite bad, went back to their homes.

 

 

THE END

 

 

 Author:  Jataka Tales

 

 

Adapted by: K I D S I N C O

 

 

Moral: Check a rumour before acting on it.

 

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