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Father Grumbler

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Father Grumbler

by Lang Andrew

Genre: Fairy Tale
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising


I want to know why other people have all the luck, and only misfortunes happen to me!’

The Holy Man did not answer, but went into an inner cave, from which he came out bearing something in his hand. ‘Do you see this basket?’ said he. ‘It is a magical basket, and if you are hungry you have only got to say: “Little basket, little basket, do your duty,” and you will eat the best dinner you ever had in your life. But when you have had enough, be sure you don’t forget to cry out: “That will do for to-day.” Oh!–and one thing more–you need not show it to everybody and declare that I have give it to you. Do you understand?’


A fine structure (three wishes, greed, comeuppance); could make a delightful one-act, or children’s musical.


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