Jack

You

are

right.

I

am

a

fool.

Neighbour

(hurrying

past)

Have

you

heard

the

news?

For

years,

the

King’s

daughter

has

not

laughed.

Now

the

King

has

promised

to

let

her

marry

the

first

man

who

makes

her

laugh

three

times.

The

lucky

fellow

will

win

the

kingdom

too,

in

the

end.

Jack

I’m

off

to

make

my

fortune.

I’ll

put

the

harp

in

my

bag,

and

tie

the

bee,

the

mouse

and

the

grasshopper

together

with

string.

I

must

take

them

to

the

King’s

castle.

Jack’s

Mother

(to

herself)

I’ll

follow

him.