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THE DRAGON, THE KNIGHT, THE PRINCESS AND THE HERMIT

A PUPPET PLAY FOR QUAKER CHILDREN


Years ago, when I was teaching First Day School at Princeton Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends, the children and I made patchwork quilts, talking about Elizabeth Fry, then decided for our Christmas Play to do a puppet show, making these and performing it on the facing benches, overseeing the meeting. Each child got to keep his or her puppet so now I must make these anew to illustrate this essay, then give these to my granddaughter Caroline for her children in turn. All I have left of the original characters is a Balinese horse puppet.This is how our play went.

Cast of Characters
 
Hermit Narrator  who writes the tale with a feather quill on parchment 

Princess
St George
The Dragon

Hermit Narrator: Dragon's Tail I. Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a Princess who was about to be taken by a Dragon. Here we see our Princess. And here we see our Dragon.

Princess: O save me! O frugal me! I don't want to be eaten by a dragon. I want a knight in shining white armour (rolled around in barrels of sand to scour the rust off in the castle courtyard) to come and take me, instead.

Hermit Narrator: And here we see our Knight in armour galloping with his lance, with stirrups on his horse, just as Lynn White Jr said created this technological paradigm shift in culture, from fighting on foot with shield and spear to fighting on horseback in armour with lance.

Knight: Fair Princess, you wish me to slay this green Dragon?

Princess: Oh please, frugal me, frugal me!

Hermit Narrator: She might have learned to fight her own battles, a course in rape prevention at the Y.

St George: Have at you, evil slimey nasty Dragon.

Dragon: Do we have to fight? I'd prefer peacefulness. I can tell you another way to write this tale

St George: But we must fight. It is the nature of Knights in shining white armour to protect fair maidens and to slay evil Dragons. To be martial, to be fighting machines

They fight. St George's lances passes through the Dragon. He cuts off the tail. The Knight gives the tail to the Princess.

Princess: Ah, I shall cook it, bake it as a fruit cake covered with green icing and red maraschino cherries which  you will cut into slices with your sword for all our audience to eat.

Dragon: Oh, you have hurt me, you have slain me, you have cut off my most beautiful tale, I am dying. Help, please. Is there a doctor in the house?

Hermit Narrator: I am a doctor. Here take this medicine. Which is the ink for my quill made from ox gall and iron shavings, It will revive you, allow you to live into future generations.

Dragon. Oh, thank you, thank you. Now I can tell you the story told in my way. And please write it down. This is Dragon's Tale II.

Hermit: But how could it be told in any other way? Dragons and fair maidens and knights in shining white armour are a given.

Dragon: Yes, the story can be retold. And be ever so much better. And be about Hermits and Dragons.

Hermit: But how?

Dragon:  Come to my mountain. Ask to build your hut there from my trees. Ask to drink the waters from my streams. Live simply. Pluck and eat the blueberries and black berries that grow here. Listen to the birdsong. Hear the waterfalls. Live with me peacefully. Without metal internal combustion/battery machines. I am Nature, I am the Life Force. There is no need to slay me. I give you life.

Now write the story my way.

Hermit: But I am afraid of you.

Dragon: There is no need to fear. I am natural, I am Life, and I am Death. We are all One. We can co-exist.

At the end of the performance the Princess and the Knight serve the Christmas Cake/Dragon's Tale,

Meeting loved the play. And Kenneth Morgan, the Zen Buddhist scholar, said, 'Ah, you have been talking with Carmen Blacker!' And I had. She was at the Institute for Advanced Study and teaching about the Eastern Dragon stories as of friendliness and peacefulness rather than the the Western versions of violence and bloodshed.

All are welcome to this play and to use it with young and old alike.

JULIAN OF NORWICH, HER SHOWING OF LOVE AND ITS CONTEXTS 1997-2022 JULIA BOLTON HOLLOWAY  || JULIAN OF NORWICH  || SHOWING OF LOVE || HER TEXTS || HER SELF || ABOUT HER TEXTS || BEFORE JULIAN || HER CONTEMPORARIES || AFTER JULIAN || JULIAN IN OUR TIME ||  ST BIRGITTA OF SWEDEN  ||  BIBLE AND WOMEN || EQUALLY IN GOD'S IMAGE  || MIRROR OF SAINTS || BENEDICTINISM|| THE CLOISTER || ITS SCRIPTORIUM  || AMHERST MANUSCRIPT || PRAYER || CATALOGUE AND PORTFOLIO (HANDCRAFTS, BOOKS ) || BOOK REVIEWS || BIBLIOGRAPHY ||



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