THE GOLDEN EGG – A RADIO TALE.
NARRATOR (1): Joseph, a poor barber lived alone in his small hut. He was dedicated to his work. And whatever he earns was enough to fulfill his needs. One evening, after returning from work, Joseph was hungry.
BARBER (1):“What shall I cook tonight?”
NARRATOR (2): he thought. Just then he heard a hen clucking outside his hut.
BARBER (2): “That hen would make a great feast for me.”
NARRATOR (3): thought Joseph and prepared to catch the hen. With a little effort he was able to catch the hen. As he was about to kill the hen, it squeaked,
HEN (1): “Please do not kill me, O kind man! I will help you.”
NARRATOR (4): Joseph stopped. Though he was surprised that the hen spoke, he asked
BARBER (3): “How can you help me?”
HEN (2): “If you spare my life, I will lay a golden egg everyday for you.”
NARRATOR (5): said the hen. Joseph’s eyes got widened in delight. Joseph was surprised to hear this promise.
BARBER (4): “A golden egg! That too everyday! But why should I believe you? You might be lying.”
NARRATOR (6): said Joseph.
HEN (3): “If I do not lay a golden egg tomorrow, you can kill me.”
NARRATOR (6): said the hen. After this promise, Joseph spared the hen and waited for the next day.
NARRATOR (7): The next morning, Joseph found a golden egg lying outside his hut and the hen sitting beside it.
BARBER (5): “It is true! You really can lay a golden egg!”
NARRATOR (8): exclaimed Joseph with great delight. He did not reveal this incident to any one, fearing that others would catch the hen.
NARRATOR (9): From that day onwards, the hen would lay a golden egg everyday. In return, Joseph took good care of the hen. Very soon, Joseph became rich. But he became greedy.
BARBER (6): “If I cut open the hen’s stomach, I can get out all the golden eggs at once. I do not have to wait for the hen to lay the golden eggs one by one.”
NARRATOR (10): He thought. That night, he brought the hen to the interior portion of his house and killed the hen. But to his dismay, he found no golden eggs. Not even one.
BARBER (7): “What have I done? My greed had made me kill the hen.”
NARRATOR (11): he wailed. But it was too late.
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