The Promise

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THE PROMISE

CHARACTERS:

NARRATOR

KING JULIAN

SERVANT

HENRY – THE OLDEST SON

ROMAN – MIDDLE SON

PRINCESS GRECIA

HEIDI

EDSON – YOUNGEST SON

DWARVES

GIRL  – DWARF/BRIDE

JUDGE DWARF

 

 

 SCRIPT:

 

 

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.

 

 

EDSON:  Nooo!.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE END

 

 

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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