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 Iwill 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 want?
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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