The Box of Robbersby L. Frank Baum
Genre: Fairy Tale
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:
Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely
With a cry of joy Martha turned the key with both hands; then she heard a sharp “click,” and the next moment the heavy lid flew up of its own accord!
The little girl leaned over the edge of the chest an instant, and the sight that met her eyes caused her to start back in amazement.
Slowly and carefully a man unpacked himself from the chest, stepped out upon the floor, stretched his limbs and then took off his hat and bowed politely to the astonished child.
A charming but very slight piece; the girl unlocks a forbidden box, and has to deal with three tiny robbers who live inside. Baum doesn’t take the story very far (and the robbers are soon back in the box; the end) — so you would need to invent all the rest.
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