Children's Classics in Dramatic Form eBook

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FIRST OLD MAN (pointing to the Miller and his Son).  Look you there!  That proves what I was saying.

SECOND OLD MAN (nodding).  Aye!  There’s no respect shown old age in these days.

THIRD OLD MAN (nodding).  Aye!  There’s that young rogue riding while his old father has to walk!

[The Old Men pass on.]

MILLER.  Get down, lad.  ’T would indeed look better should I ride.

[The lad dismounts; the Miller mounts.  Enter THREE GOODIES; they go to the Fair.]

FIRST GOODY (indignantly, pointing to the Miller and his Son).  Look,
Goodies, look!  Did you ever see anything so cruel?

SECOND GOODY (to the Miller).  You lazy old fellow!  How can you ride while your own child walks in the dust?

THIRD GOODY (to the lad).  You poor, poor child!

[The Goodies pass on, shaking their heads and their canes indignantly.]

MILLER.  Come, lad, get up behind me.

SON.  Why, father, I’m not tired!

MILLER.  I know, but we must try to please them.  Come.

[The lad mounts, sitting behind his father.  Enter the MAYOR and his CLERKS. They go to the Fair.]

MAYOR (turning to his Clerks; pointing to the Miller and his Son).  Look, will you!

(He turns to the Miller.)

Pray, honest friend, is that beast your own?

MILLER.  Yes, my lord Mayor.

MAYOR.  One would not think so from the way you load him.  Say you not so, my
Clerks?

FIRST CLERK (bowing).  Just so, my lord Mayor.

SECOND CLERK (bowing).  Even so, my lord Mayor.

THE MAYOR (to the Miller and his Son).  Why, you two fellows are better able to carry the poor donkey than he you!  Say you not so, my Clerks?

FIRST CLERK (bowing).  Just so, my lord Mayor.

SECOND CLERK (bowing).  Even so, my lord Mayor.

MILLER.  Come, my son, to please them, we’ll carry the donkey.

[They dismount and try to lift the donkey.  This frightens the poor beast.  He tries to get away, and falls over the bridge into the deep river.]

MILLER (weeping).  I have tried to please every one!  I have pleased no one!

SON (weeping).  And we have lost our donkey in the bargain!

[Illustration:  “WE HAVE LOST OUR DONKEY”]

EACH IN HIS OWN PLACE

TIME:  yesterday
PLACE:  in a tiny house.

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THE STRAW who brings in the wood
THE COAL who makes the fire
THE SNOWFLAKE who draws the water
THE SUGAR LOAF who lays the table
THE SAUSAGE who cooks the meals.

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