The Monster In The Garden.by Lady Bell
Genre: Young Audiences
Format of Original Source: Play
Recommended Adaptation Length: 10 Minutes
Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely
JACK.–Then I believe I saw two great eyes looking at me.
M.–Two great eyes?
JACK.–Then I am certain I saw the point of a hairy ear, the sort of point that a great monster’s ear would be sure to have.
M.–Then, of course, now we won’t go into the garden.
JAN.–I’ve just thought of the most terrible thing!
JACK.–What is it?
M.–What is it?
JAN.–(Covering her face.) That Tiny is in the garden!
M.–And he will be eaten alive!
(Covering her face with her hands, and sobbing loudly.)
JAN.–What shall we do? We can’t leave him to die.
JACK.–(Valiantly.) No, we can’t. I will go and save him.
M.–Oh, you brave boy! We’ll come too.
JACK.–Come, then! I’ve got my knife.
(Pulls his knife out of his pocket.)
JAN.–And I’ll take my new scissors.
M.–And what shall I have? Oh, I’ll take two large hairpins to stab him with.
JACK.–That’s right. We’ll stab him through the heart.
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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