The King's Breakfast

A.A. Milne

  
Parts (5):     Queen     Dairymaid     Alderney--cow     King     ALL
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This is a RHYTHMIC piece and should be read as such.

ALL:	     The King asked the Queen and the Queen asked the Dairymaid: 

King:	    "Could we have some butter for the Royal slice of bread?"

ALL:	     The Queen asked the Dairymaid.  The Dairymaid said:
 
Dairymaid:  "Certainly, I'll go and ask the cow now before she goes to bed."

ALL:	     The Dairymaid she curtsied, and went and told the Alderney:

[2]: 	    "Don't forget the butter for the Royal slice of bread."

ALL: 	     The Alderney said sleepily: 

Alderney:   "You'd better tell his Majesty
	     That many people nowadays like marmalade instead."
  
ALL:	     The Dairymaid said,
 
Dairymaid:  "Fancy!" 

ALL:         and went to Her Majesty.
	     She curtsied to the Queen, and turned a little red.

Dairymaid:   Excuse me, your majesty, for taking of the Liberty,
	     But marmalade is tasty, if it's very thickly spread."

ALL:	     The Queen said,
 
Queen:      "Oh!"    

ALL:         and went to His Majesty:
	    "Talking of the butter for the Royal slice of bread,
             Many people think that marmalade is nicer.
	     Would you like to try a little marmalade instead?"

ALL:	     The King said, 

King:       "Bother!" 

ALL:         and then he said 

King:       "Oh, deary me!"

ALL:	     The King sobbed, 

King:       "Oh, deary me!" 

ALL:         and went back to bed.

King:	    "Nobody," 

ALL:         he whimpered, 

King:       "could call me a fussy man.
	     I only want a little bit of butter for my bread."

ALL:	     The Queen said, 

Queen:      "There, there!' 

ALL:         and went to the Dairymaid.
	     The Dairymaid said, 

Dairymaid:  "There, there."

ALL:         and went to the shed.
             The cow said, 

Alderney:   "There, there! I really didn't mean it;
             Here's milk for his porringer and butter for his bread."

ALL:	     The Queen took the butter and brought it to His Majesty.
	     The King said,
 
King        "Butter, eh?" 

ALL:         and bounced out of bed.

King:	    "Nobody," 

ALL:         he said, as he kissed her tenderly,

King:	    "Nobody," 

ALL:         he said, as he slid down the bannister,

King:	    "Nobody, my darling, could call me a fussy man...
	     But I do like a little bit of butter for my bread."
Scripted for Readers Theater by R. Swallow