The Greedy Sister

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THE GREEDY SISTER 

 

CHARACTERS:

JAIRO  (Uncle)

CYNTHIA  (good sister)

KARLA

GENESIS  (greedy sister)

FAIRY

 

SCRIPT:

 

NARRATOR: Once upon a time there was a man who had three nieces. They were Cynthia, Karla, and Genesis. The old man was very sick, and before dying he wanted to talk to the three of them.

 

JAIRO: Before I leave this world, I want to give each one of you a bag of gold coins.

 

CYNTHIA: Oh uncle, please don`t say that.

 

KARLA: Come on, Cynthia!.  We will be fine.

 

GENESIS: That`s for sure!.

 

NARRATOR:  A few days later the old man died, and as soon as he was buried, Karla went shopping.

 

KARLA: I´m so happy now. With all this money I will buy all those wonderful dresses I always wanted to have, and fine jewelry, and plenty of shoes!.  I will have so much fun!.

 

NARRATOR: While Karla was shopping, Genesis who was a greedy girl, put her gold coins inside a box.

 

GENESIS: I will not spend my money, I will keep it inside the box!.

 

NARRATOR: But Cynthia, who was not ambitious, spent her money helping orphan kids, the poor and the sick people.

 

CYNTHIA: There`s a lot of people who need help, and I like to help everybody.

 

NARRATOR: One day Karla didn`t have any money. So she went to talk to Genesis.

 

KARLA: Genesis, my dear sister, please help me. I haven`t eaten in days and I don`t have any money.

 

GENESIS: It´s your fault!.  You spent all your money in dresses, jewelry, and shoes.  Why don`t you eat all that stuff you bought?.

 

KARLA: Genesis how can you be so mean to me!.

 

GENESIS: Now it`s time for you to die of hunger!.

 

KARLA:  What am I going to do now?.

 

GENESIS: Come on, let’s see if Cynthia can help you.  Because I wont!.

 

KARLA: But Genesis, you still have all your money.  Why can’t you help me?.

 

GENESIS: Because it’s my money!.

 

NARRATOR: So Karla and Genesis went to see their other sister, Cynthia.

 

KARLA: Oh, sister,I don`t even have a piece of bread to eat. I beg you to please help me.

 

CYNTHIA: I will, dear sister.

 

NARRATOR: Cynthia opened her bag of coins.

 

CYNTHIA: Don’t worry Karla, I will give you three gold coins.

 

KARLA: Oh, thank you!.

 

NARRATOR: As Genesis was watching Cynthia’s bag of gold coins, she thought.

 

GENESIS: Cynthia is a fool.  Now she is also spending her money.  I know that one day she will come to me asking for help, and I will not give her anything!.  She should have kept her money just like I did!.

 

NARRATOR: But Cynthia kept helping people, her sister, and her poor friends.  One day, Genesis thought.

 

GENESIS: I wonder if Cynthia still has all her gold coins. Tomorrow when she goes out, I will take a look at her bag.

 

NARRATOR: Next day she took Cynthia’s bag, and she was surprised.

 

GENESIS: It`s impossible!. She still has all her money!. Oh, now I understand.   She stole my money!.

 

NARRATOR: Then she took out her bag from the box where she had put it, and opened it.

 

GENESIS: No!.  Where are my gold coins!.  I only have iron coins!.  Cynthia stole my money.  She stole my gold coins!.

 

NARRATOR: Then a fairy appearead and said.

 

FAIRY: Why are you accusing an innocent girl?.

 

GENESIS: Who are you?.

 

FAIRY: You must know, you evil creature, that you have been greedy.

 

GENESIS: I just wanted to keep my money for myself!.

 

FAIRY: Well, that is why your money disappeared; as well as all the money from people who like to throw it away, and spend it all.

 

GENESIS: You mean, like my sister Karla!.

 

FAIRY: Only the fortune of people who know how to spend it by helping others, is multiplied, and they keep it forever.

 

GENESIS: What about mine?.  I didn’t spend it!.

 

FAIRY: You’re right.  You wanted to keep it for yourself.   Isn’t that true?.

 

GENESIS: Yes, that’s true!

 

FAIRY: Well, your money isn’t worth anything.   So it’s yours, you will keep it in the box forever.

 

GENESIS: Oh no!.

 

NARRATOR: The fairy disappeared leaving Genesis crying over her iron coins.

 

THE END

 

Author:  Folktale from Spain

 

Adapted by: K I D S I N C O

 

Moral Value:  Love.  Generosity

 

What is Greedy?:  Excessively desirous of acquiring or possessing, especially wishing to possess more than what one needs or deserves.

 

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