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THE KING AND THE SHIRT
NARRATOR: Once upon a time in a far away land, there lived a king who was seriously ill. One day he was laying in bed talking to his doctor.
DOCTOR: How do you feel today?.
KING: I have terrible pains. I can hardly eat or sleep. you have to help me.
DOCTOR: I’m so sorry. I already gave you everything I could.
KING: You have to do something!. I am getting worse every day. I don’t want to die!.
DOCTOR: You have already taken every medicine there is in the kingdom.
KING: Yesterday a witch came to see me. She gave me a strange beverage and a green ointment, but I feel worse.
DOCTOR: I don’t know what to say, my king.
KING: I am desperate, so I want you to tell all my people, that I will give half of my kingdom to the man who can cure me.
DOCTOR: I will, but first, let me gather all your wisemen. I know they will know what to do.
KING: Very well, talk to them, and do it fast.
DOCTOR: Yes, my king. I’ll be back with an answer.
NARRATOR: That same day the doctor gathered the wisemen to decide how the king could be cured.
DOCTOR: So what do you think?.
WISEMAN: Did you tried to mix mint with the potion I gave you?.
DOCTOR: I did it, but as you can see, it didn’t work.
WISEMAN 2: What about the sambong?.
DOCTOR: I already told you!. Nothing can cure the king!.
WISEMAN 3: I know what can cure the king. If you can find a happy man, take off his shirt, put it on the king, and the king will be cured.
DOCTOR: Well, even if I don’t agree with you, let’s to do it. I will tell the king about our decision. Meanwhile, the three of you go now and search for that man.
NARRATOR: The three men left to search for a happy man. They traveled far and wide, but they could not find a happy man.
WISEMAN 1: We are wasting time. This is not an easy task.
WISEMAN 2: All because of you!. There is no one who is completely satisfied. We found a man who was healthy, but he didn’t have any money.
WISEMAN 1: And the one who was rich and healthy, had an unhappy marriage.
WISEMAN 2: Or if he had children, they were sick.
WISEMAN 1: Everyone had something to complain of.
WISEMAN 3: We can’t give up!. I know we will find someone who is completely happy.
WISEMAN 1 AND 2: If you say so.
WISEMAN 1: We need to rest. Tomorrow will be another day.
NARRATOR: The three wisemen found shelter in a hut. Next day they continued they journey, and as they were passing by a poor little house, they heard a man talking.
MAN: Oh, thank you God, life is beautiful!. I have finished my work. I am healthy. I have a loving family and friends. What more could I ask for?.
NARRATOR: The three wisemen turned around to look at the man who was sitting beside the door.
WISEMAN 3: I was right!.
NARRATOR: But as soon as they approached him, they were surprised.
WISEMAN 1: Oh, no!.
WISEMAN 2: The happy man is so poor…
WISEMAN 3: That he has no shirt!.
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Adapted by K I D S I N C O
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