The Princess and the Pea
Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess, but she would have to be a real princess. He traveled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. There was always something about them that was not as it should be. So he came home again and was sad, for he would have liked very much to have a real princess.
One evening, a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.
It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate. But, good gracious! What a sight the rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran down into the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels. And yet she said that she was a real princess.
Well, we’ll soon find that out, thought the old queen. But, she said nothing, went into the bedroom, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.
On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning she was asked how she had slept.
“Oh, very badly !” she said. “I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It’s horrible!”
Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds.
Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.
So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess; and the pea was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.
The Princess and the Pea
- TEXT FORM
Narrative (Story tale)
- COMMUNICATIVE PURPOSE :
To entertain the readers / to amuse the readers.
- GENERIC STRUCTURE
1). Characters :
- Prince : kind heart, not hopelessly.
- Princess : kind heart, sensitive.
- Old king : kind heart.
- Old queen : kind heart, having very bright ideas.
2). Time : all night, and when the rain came.
3). Place : prince’s home, in front of the gate, bed room, and museum.
1). A princess standing out in front of the city gate.
2). Old queen went into the bedroom, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom, then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.
3). The princess felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds, because she is sensitive.
1). The old king went to open the city gate.
2). The princess can’t sleep well.
3). Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that, so the prince took her for his wife.
5. ENDING F THE STORY
Happy ending. Because the prince knew that he had a real princess and both of they got married.
- MORAL VALUE
- We must choose the best before we get it.
- Look for the best.
- Don’t hopelessly before we do something.
- LANGUAGE FEATURES
1). Noun Phrase
Real princess ( paragraph 1,3,7,8,9 ) ; real ones ( paragraph 1 ) ; terrible storm ( paragraph 2 ).
2). Adverb / adverb phrase
City gate (paragraph 2 ) ; very badly , have scarcely , something hard ( paragraph 6 ).
Badly ( paragraph 6 )
4). Past Tense
Was, wanted, would, travelled, could, should, came, liked ( paragraph 1 ) ; came, was, poured, heard, went ( paragraph 2 ) ; was, had, made, ran, said ( paragraph 3) ; thought, said, went, took, laid ( paragraph 4 ) ; had, was, asked, had, slept ( paragraph 5 ) ; said, closed, was ( paragraph 6 ) ; knew, was, had, felt ( paragraph 7 ) ; could ( paragraph 8 ) ; took, knew, had, was, seen, stolen ( paragraph 9 ).
5). Direct Speech
The princess said, “Oh, very badly! I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It’s horrible.”
6). Indirect Speech
The princess said that she had scarcely closed her eyes all night, and heaven only knows what was in the bed, but she was lying on something hard, so that she became black and blue all over her body, and that’s horrible.
7). Time Conjunction
One evening ( paragraph 2 ) ; now ( paragraph 7 ).
8). Action Verb
Sad ( paragraph 1 ) ; heard, open ( paragraph 2 ).
9). Saying Verb
Said ( paragraph 3, 6 ) ; asked ( paragraph 5 ).
10). Thinking Verb
Felt ( paragraph 7 ).
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