Fortune and the Woodcutterby Andrew Lang
Genre: Fairy Tale
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:
Candidate for Adaptation? Promising
A poor man does a good deed for a neighbor and is rewarded. Here’s an excerpt:
Several hundreds of years ago there lived in a forest a wood-cutter and his wife and children. He was very poor, having only his axe to depend upon, and two mules to carry the wood he cut to the neighbouring town; but he worked hard, and was always out of bed by five o’clock, summer and winter.
This went on for twenty years, and though his sons were now grown up, and went with their father to the forest, everything seemed to go against them, and they remained as poor as ever. In the end the wood-cutter lost heart, and said to himself:
‘What is the good of working like this if I never am a penny the richer at the end? I shall go to the forest no more! And perhaps, if I take to my bed, and do not run after Fortune, one day she may come to me.’
Too tiny a tale for a one-act, but it might make a charming 10-minute musical.
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