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by Lady Bell

Genre: Young Audiences
Setting: Fantasy
Format of Original Source: Play
Recommended Adaptation Length: 10 Minutes

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely


H.–His Royal Highness, Prince Charming.

(Enter PRINCE. MOTHER, LUCY, and MABEL curtsey.)

M.–Oh, your highness, this is too kind, pray sit down.

(She advances a chair. The other two curtsey, one on each side of him.)

H.–We wish to know if any lady in this house lost a shoe at the ball last night? For, if so, her shoe has been found.

M.–(Eagerly.) What a singular thing! Now you mention it, one of my daughters lost a shoe–indeed, they both did.

H.–Indeed! Is it anything like this? (Produces shoe.)

L.–Why, that looks to me like the very one.

P.–Try it on, please, madam.

L.–(Holding out her foot, making faces while the HERALD puts it on.) Why, of course, that is mine, it fits me exactly.

M.–It fits the darling girl as if it had been made for her. Walk round the room in it, my love.

(LUCY hobbles round the room, limping violently.)

M.–Oh, there is no doubt, your highness, that that is hers.

P.–Didn’t I notice a slight limp as she walked?

M.–Oh dear no, your highness, I don’t think so.

P.–All the same, I think she had better take it off.

M.–And you, Mabel, didn’t you say you had lost one of your shoes?

MAB.–Yes! I remember when I undressed noticing that I had lost it.

M.–Then, of course, it must be yours.

(The HERALD kneels beside her, tries to force on the shoe, while MABEL makes faces of agony.)

NOTE FROM NMI: Lady Bell plays are very short sketches written for very young children, suitable for nursery puppet plays, rather than actual theatres.


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