A story about making promises you can’t keep.
The English word ‘cry’ has many meanings and uses. In this session, we bring you BBC Learning English’s own version of Rumplestiltskin – and we’ve found many different ways to use the word ‘cry’ in it.
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Hello I’m Darren. Today I’ve got a fairy story to tell you about a girl who gets to marry a king but has to complete an impossible task before she can – but things don’t go as well as they should.
Along time ago there was a poor man who had a daughter. She was beautiful and full of life. One day her father has to go and see the king – he’s very embarrassed about seeing him because his life is a far cry from that of the king. So to try and impress him he tells him that he has a daughter who can spin straw into gold. Well, I’d be impressed by that!
The king wants proof and demands to see her. She’s taken to the palace where she is shown a room full of straw and a spinning-wheel and is told to spin the straw into gold by the morning – and if not she will die. And then he leaves. This comes as a shock to the poor girl and she starts to cry. Suddenly, a little man with wrinkly skin enters the room. She’s so pleased to have a shoulder to cry on but he says, “good evening miss: I can help you if you give me something in return.” Well, she was quite happy to offer her necklace as a reward for his help – and sure enough he spends all night spinning the straw into gold.
Morning arrives and king sees the gold. “Amazing!” he cries – but then thinks to himself, “Hmm… maybe she can make more gold…” He demands that the next night she will spin even more straw and make even more gold. If she doesn’t, she will die.
The girl bursts into tears but once again, the little man bursts into the room. “Don’t cry your eyes out!” he says and offers to help – but still wants something in return. This time she offers him the ring on her finger. He’s happy with the deal and gets to work, spinning the straw.
Will the king now be satisfied? Or will he want more? Join me in part 2 to see what happens. Bye for now.