The Milkmaid and Her Pail of Milk

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(In a farm, Mary and her sister Jane are in the hen house feeding the hens.  Mother enters carrying  a large pail of milk)


MOTHER: Mary!.


MARY: Yes, mother!.


MOTHER: I want you to go to town and sell this pail of milk.


JANE: Can I go with her?.


MOTHER: Sure, Jane.   (To Mary) Mary, you have to be very careful with this pail.


MARY: Don’t worry, I’m always careful.


MOTHER: Listen to me Mary, you have worked hard in the barn, that’s why you will keep the money you get from selling the milk.


MARY: (huggs her mother) Oh, Mother, thank you so much.  Can I do whatever I want with that money?.


MOTHER: Sure, you can.  What do you have in mind?.


MARY: I don’t know, but I’ll think about it on our way to town.


MOTHER: Go now.  (to Jane) Help your sister with the pail. Oh, and as soon as you get to town go straight to the market, do you understand?.


MARY AND JANE: Yes, mother.


MARY:  (to Jane) Come on, let’s go.


(Mary and Jane leave the barn and walk to town)


 JANE: Do you need help?.


MARY: No, I’m fine.  I’ll just put the pail over my head, just like mother does.


(Mary puts the pail of milk over her head)


JANE: What are you going to do with the money?.


MARY: I think I’ll buy ten dozens of eggs.


JANE: What for?.


MARY: So that I can have a hundred of beautiful chicks in the barn.


JANE: We already have chicks in the barn.


MARY: I know, but these will be all mine!.


JANE: You’re right.


MARY: When they are all grown up, I’ll sell all the hens and roosters, and  then I’ll buy a pig.


JANE: You mean another pig, because we already have pigs!.


MARY: I know, but this pig will be mine.  It will be the biggest and fattest pig in town!.


JANE: What will you do with it?.


MARY: I’ll sell it in the market, and then I’ll buy a cow.


JANE: Another cow?.  Never mind, I suppose this cow will be yours. Right?.


MARY: Right!.  And I’ll take good care of her, and then I will have even more milk to sell.


JANE: And you will have more money.


MARY: Yes!. I’ll be the richest farmer in town.


JANE: How lucky you are.  You’ll have eggs, chicks, hens, roosters, pigs, cows, and you will be rich!.


MARY: I’m so happy!.


(Suddenly Mary tripps with a rock, she falls, the pail breaks and the milk spills on the ground)


JANE: Oh, no!.


MARY: The pail is broken!.


JANE: There’s no milk!.


MARY: (crying) I have no milk to sell.

JANE: No eggs, no chicks, no pig, no cow…


MARY: Stop it!.


JANE: You will have nothing.


MARY: Let’s go back to the barn.


(She stands up and they walk back to the barn)


JANE: You have learned a lesson. No more daydreaming.


MARY: Anyway, I know that someday I will get everything I imagine in my dreams.




Author: Aesop Fable


Adapted by K I D S I N C O


Moral:  Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.


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A Milkmaid had been out to milk the cows and was returning from the field with the shining milk pail balanced nicely on her head. As she walked along, her pretty head was busy with plans for the days to come.

“This good, rich milk,” she mused, “will give me plenty of cream to churn. The butter I make I will take to market, and with the money I get for it I will buy a lot of eggs for hatching. How nice it will be when they are all hatched and the yard is full of fine young chicks. Then when May day comes I will sell them, and with the money I’ll buy a lovely new dress to wear to the fair. All the young men will look at me. They will come and try to make love to me,—but I shall very quickly send them about their business!”

As she thought of how she would settle that matter, she tossed her head scornfully, and down fell the pail of milk to the ground. And all the milk flowed out, and with it vanished butter and eggs and chicks and new dress and all the milkmaid’s pride.