Elementary Novels

The Prince and the Servants by Jane Rollason

In olden times one far country was ruled by a lazy and greedy queen. She had a beautiful daughter. Many kings and princes wanted to marry her, but the queen always gave them difficult tasks. When the suitors for the princess were unable to cope with these ordeals – she killed them without mercy. This had been going on for a few years. She wanted her daughter to never get married. Prince Charles lived in a small poor country. When he heard about the princess, he told his father that he wanted to marry her. The king was against it. In the world there were many other beautiful women. And the evil queen killed every groom. But the young prince got upset. He could not sleep and eat. Finally the King let him go on this dangerous mission.

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The Prince and the Servants by Jane Rollason

Once there was a bad and jealous queen. She had a kind and beautiful daughter. Many princes from many countries wanted to marry the princess. The queen said to each prince, ‘Before you marry my daughter, you have to do something for me.’ And then she gave him an impossible job. When he couldn’t do it, she said, ‘Now you will die.’ And her wood-cutter cut off his head.

‘You will never marry,’ she said to her unhappy daughter. And she laughed.

The Prince and the Servants by Jane Rollason

Prince Charles was the son of a poor king in a small country. He heard about the beautiful princess. He said to his father, ‘I want to marry her.’

‘Never!’ cried the king. ‘The queen will kill you. You are my only son – I cannot lose you! There are hundreds of beautiful women in the world. You don’t have to marry this one.’ But the prince was very sad. He couldn’t eat. He couldn’t sleep. In the end his father said, ‘Go, then – go to the princess! I hope you will do better than the other princes. I hope I will see you again.’

The prince was very excited and he danced round his rooms. He ate a lot of food and got strong again. Then he began his journey. He had no servants because his father was poor. ‘I’ll find servants on the way,’ he said.

After a short time, the prince saw a small mountain. ‘What is that mountain?’ he thought. ‘It wasn’t there before.’

He went nearer. It wasn’t a mountain. It was a very fat man on his back, asleep. The prince went near him and the fat man woke up.

‘What are you doing here, Fat Man?’ asked the prince.

‘I was asleep,’ said Fat Man, ‘and now I am not asleep. Because of you.’

‘Why were you asleep?’

‘Because I had some food this morning. Now I want my lunch.’

‘What did you eat this morning?’ asked the prince.

‘Ten chickens and a hundred cakes,’ said Fat Man.

‘Will you be my servant?’ asked the prince.

‘Give me food,’ said the Fat Man, ‘and I will do anything for you.’

So the Fat Man followed the prince.

A short time later on their journey, they found another man. His head was down and his left ear was on the ground. He looked up. His left ear was very large…

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