ABOUT GOOD AND EVIL.
Characters: the Princess, the Nurse, the King, the Prince, the Aunt of Bad Weather, the Queen of Spades, the Witch.
The Princess: My Nurse, may I go to the forest?
The Nurse: No, you may not. The cruel tales are very angry and terrible. The head of this kingdom is the Queen of Spades. She doesn`t like good children.
The Princess: I don`t believe you. I know that all the tales are good and merry.
The Nurse: Oh, no! there are only cruel people in this kingdom. (She is crying)…
The King: Why is the Princess crying?
The Nurse: She want to go to the forest of the cruel tales!
The King (angrily): You must take it away from your head!
(to the Nurse) Now I am busy and I go away, but you must look after the Princess.
(The Nurse is sleeping. The Princess goes to the forest)
The Witch: Oh, my beautiful Princess, go to our woods. There are many fruit-tress and flowers there. I`ll give you sweets and apples.
The Princess: Help me! Help me!
The King: Who can help us in this trouble? Who can free her? My servant! Come here! Write down: “If a man saves the Princess he`ll get half of my kingdom and the Princess.”
The King: Many young people have tried to save my daughter, but they have failed. Who can really save her?
The Prince from the neighboring kingdom: (comes into the palace) I can save the Princess, and I`ll bring her here. So I`ll go and try to find her.
The King: Wait a minute! I know that the Queen of Spades is invisible, because is a magic apple in her garden. If you find the apple, she will not use her magic. But the keys from that garden are kept. The Queen of Spades is living in the thick forest. Now you must go! I wish you good luck!
The Witch: I`ve been working hard today. The Queen of Spades will be glad. Now I must write her a telegram. Who can give it to her? Oh, my friend Goblin can do it. (On the telephone). My dear Goblin, come up to me, please!
The Goblin: My best wishes to you! Today is the 8th of March.
The Witch: Thanks. I have baked pies today. Take and eat!
The Goblin: I see that you have a guest.
The Witch: Yes, I have.
The Goblin: Is this the Princess from the neighbouring kingdom?
The Witch: Yes, she is. I have written the telegram to the Queen of Spades. Give it to her. She`ll be very glad.
The Goblin: All right. I`ll do it. I have nothing to do today. (goes away)
The Witch: I`m bored! I`ll call the Aunt of Bad Weather for tea. (On the telephone). The Aunt of Bad Weather, will you come for tea?
The Witch (to the Aunt of Bad Weather): Come in! Sit down, please. Let`s have tea with pies and chatter.
The Aunt of Bad Weather: I like to chatter, but I have no time. I have to bring bad weather: wind, rain, snow.
The Witch: That`s right. (Looking out of the window) The Prince is coming here. You must go away with the Princess to the castle of the Queen of Spades!
The Prince: Oh, the Witch, where is the Princess?
The Witch: There is no Princess in my house!
The Prince: I know that she is here. Give me the keys from the garden of the Queen of Spades!
The Witch: I have no keys. I don`t know your princess, I haven`t even seen her!
The Prince (angrily): You don`t want to give me the princess, do you? I`ll kill you!
The Witch: Don`t kill me! I`ll do everything for you.
The Prince: Give me the keys and tell me the way to the garden!
The Witch: Take the keys and go away! (Starts crying) I must warn the Queen of Spades!
The Witch: Oh, the Queen of Spades! Something terrible has happened to us! The Prince has taken away the keys from your garden and now he is looking for the magic apple!
The Queen of Spades (in anger): How could it happen?
The Witch: The Prince came here to save the Princess. He might killed me!
The Queen of Spades: We must stop the enemy! Quick! Quick!
The Prince: You are late! (One can see the apple in his hands)
The King: Prince, you are very brave! You have saved my daughter! Be happy!
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