Grischa (no dialogues)
(In Russia at Tijon’s house. Tijon enters the living room with a box full of peaches. He shouts)
Tijon: Look what I brought you!… Come and see this!
(His wife and four of his five children enter)
Wife: What’s the emergency!
Four Children: What is it?… What do you have in that box?
Tijon: Look what your uncle Efrain sent you!
(Tijon opens the big box. The four children look inside the box)
Vania: Red apples!
(Serguei touches the fruit)
Serguei: I don’t think they are apples… touch them, they are so soft!
(The four children touch the fruit)
Four children: You’re right! They feel like velvet.
Tijon: They are peaches.
Four Children: Peaches? What are peaches?
Tijon: Your uncle grew them in his greenhouse. Peaches only grow in warm climate countries.
Volodia: What is a greenhouse?
Tijon: A greenhouse is a structure with glass or plastic roof and walls. Your uncle told me that the sun heats the plants, and during winter he uses a stove to maintain the temperature warm.
Wife: I would like to eat one.
(Tijon given his wife the biggest peach)
Tijon: The biggest one is for you.
(Tijon gives a peach to each one of his children)
Tijon: Taste them, and then tell me what you think.
(Each of the children take a peach and leave)
(Tijon and his family are having dinner)
Tijon: So, tell me… what do you think about the fruit?
Serguei: It was delicious! I want to plant the seed, because I want to have a peach tree!
Tijon: Maybe when you grow up, you will be a farmer.
Vania: It was so delicious that I ate it all… my mom gave me half of hers, but I threw away the seed.
Tijon: What about you, Vasilia?
Vasilia: When Vania threw away the seed, I picked it up and I smashed it. It was really hard! Then I ate something it had inside which tasted like nuts, but it was bitter.
Tijon: What did you do with your peach?
Vasilia: I sold it.
Tijon: Ha, ha, ha… you sold it? Then when you grow up you will be a merchant. What about you Volodia? Did you like it?
Volodia: I don’t know.
Tijon: What do you mean you don’t know? Didn’t you eat it?
Volodia: I gave it to Grischa… he is sick. When I showed him the peach, he just looked at it… I gave it to him, but he didn’t want to take it, so I just left it beside his bed, and I left the room.
Tijon: Oh…God will reward you for what you did for your brother.
By Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Russian: 29 December 1882 — February 23, 1945
Adapted by K I D S I N C O
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