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HENRY – THE OLDEST SON
ROMAN – MIDDLE SON
EDSON – YOUNGEST SON
GIRL – DWARF/BRIDE
NARRATOR: Once upon a time there was a king called Julian. He wanted to know which of his three sons would inherit the throne when he died.
KING JULIAN: Servant, tell my sons that I need to talk to them. I´ll be in the garden.
SERVANT: Very well, your majesty.
NARRATOR: When they were all in the garden, the king said.
KING JULIAN: I can’t decide which of you is capable of taking care of my kingdom, but first of all you have to get married.
HENRY: Is that a condition?.
KING JULIAN: Yes, only a married man can be in charge of my kingdom.
NARRATOR: Henry and Roman were the first ones to leave the palace. They went to far away lands looking for a bride. The first one to return was Henry, the oldest son.
KING JULIAN: Henry, I am happy to see you again!. Who is this lovely woman?.
HENRY: She’s my wife, father. She’s princess Grecia.
KING JULIAN: Is she King Ferdinand’s daughter?.
HENRY: Yes, she is.
KING JULIAN: I see that you also brought a lot of cattle with you.
PRINCESS GRECIA: They are a gift from my father. They are loaded with gold and precious stones.
KING: I am proud of you, Henry.
NARRATOR: A few days later, Roman, the second son, came back.
KING: Roman, my dear son!. I see that you also brought your wife.
ROMAN: Yes, father. She’s Heidi.
HEIDY: I wrote this poem for you.
ROMAN: She’s a writer. Her poems are delightful.
KING: Thank you, Heidi, I will read it later in the privacy of my room.
NARRATOR: Edson, the youngest, most charming and strongest son, was the last one to leave the kingdom in search of a bride.
EDSON: Oh no, I have to cross the deep forest, and the villagers say that it’s dangerous, especially at night!.
NARRATOR: Suddenly some dwarves captured him and took him prisoner. While he was in jail, he thought.
EDSON: My father must be worried. I miss him very much!.
NARRATOR: One day he heard a sweet voice calling him.
GIRL: Would you marry me?.
EDSON: Where’s that voice coming from?. I don’t see anybody in here.
NARRATOR: Next day he heard the voice again.
GIRL: Would you marry me?.
EDSON: Oh no, not again!. Who’s there?.
NARRATOR: But there was no answer. Next day he heard the sweet voice again, and desperately he said.
EDSON: Yes!. Yes!. I will marry you. I give you my word.
NARRATOR: Next day some dwarves took him out of jail.
DWARVES: You are free now.
EDSON: It was about time!. Where are you taking me?.
DWARVES: You need to be cleaned and washed.
NARRATOR: The dwarves washed him, cut his hair, and gave him new clothes.
EDSON: I don’t understand what is happening, but at least I’m not a prisoner anymore.
DWARVES: You should be grateful.
NARRATOR: Then, he was taken to a palace and into a big room filled with dwarves. In the center of the room the judge was waiting for him.
JUDGE DWARF: I hope you’re ready. You are not allowed to speak at this time.
NARRATOR: Then a bride entered the room wearing a beautiful embroidered wedding dress, and a veil was covering her face. When she stood before the judge he said.
JUDGE DWARF: You may uncover your face.
NARRATOR: When she did it Edson screamed.
NARRATOR: The bride’s face was disfigured and had a big black mole covering half of her face and one of her eyes. She was a hunchbacked dwarf. But Edson said.
EDSON: I promised you that I would marry you, so let’s start the wedding.
NARRATOR: As soon as he signed the marriage papers, the bride was surrounded and covered by a white thick fog. When the fog disappeared, the dwarf was gone, and there stood a beautiful woman. And all the other dwarves were turned into beautiful maidens and young noblemen. Then the bride said.
GIRL: My dear husband. We were all under a spell because of our bad behaviour. To become ourselves again, it was necessary that someone showed loyalty to a promise given. You didn’t break your promise, and thanks to you, the spell was broken.
NARRATOR: After a few days they went to the palace, where the king called for a meeting.
KING JULIAN: Loyalty is the greatest gift on this earth. Edson will inherit the throne, because he was loyal to his promise in a very difficult moment of his life.
Author: French Short Story
Adapted by: K I D S I N C O
Moral Value: Loyalty
What is Loyalty?: Devotion, dependent and honest to one person or thing.
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