AMUSEMENTS FOR EVERYBODY 115
THE PRINCESS AND THE SWINEHERD
FROM HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSFN
A Play in One Act
The Emperor. The Princess.
The Swineherd, who is really The Prince.
Scene I—Four or five chairs, rugs, golden ball, two silver
Suggestion—Cover ball with gold paper. Caskets, two
boxes covered with silver paper. The rose-bush must be
real, if possible. Scene II—Front of hut, iron pot, wooden stool, bundles.
Suggestion—The front part of the hut can be made with
curtains hung over a large screen.
SCENE I—The Emperor's Palace
(The hall in the palace. Very little furniture; chairs, scattered untidily, here and there, one of them overturned: the rug or carpet is rumpled up. Entrances, LEFT and RIGHT near back of stage. When the curtain rises the Princess is discovered playing at ball with four or five Maids of Honor. Princess to LEFT at front of the stage; Maids placed at intervals round the room. They throw a golden ball from one to the other. The Princess throws; Thlrd Maid of Honor misses the catch.)
The Princess.—Oh, you stupid, stupid thing! That is the third time you have missed your throw.