C H ARA C TER S 
 

T H E

K IN G

O F

A

G REA T

C O UN TR Y 
H IS

S ER V A N T 
A

B EG GAR 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

( o uts id e)

B re ad .

B re ad .

B re ad .

G iv e

m e

s o m e

b re ad . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

W ho

i s

t h at

c ry in g

i n

t h e

s tr e et

f o r

b re ad ? 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

( f a n nin g )

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

i t

i s

a

b eg gar. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

W hy

i s

h e

c ry in g

f o r

b re ad ? 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

h e

c rie s

f o r

b re ad

i n

o rd er

t ha t

h e

m ay

ll 
h is

b elly . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

I

d on’t

l ik e

t h e

s o und

o f

hi s

v o ic e .

I t ‘s

a n no yin g .

M ake

h im

g o

a w ay. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

h e ‘s

a lr e ad y

b een

s e nt

a w ay. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

T he n

w hy

d o

I

s till

h e ar

h is

v o ic e ? 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

h e

h as

b een

s e nt

a w ay

m an y

t im es,

y e t 
e ach

t im e

t h at

h e

i s

s e nt

a w ay

h e

r e tu rn s

a g ain ,

c ry in g

l o ud er

t ha n

b efo re . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

H e

i s

v e ry

s tu p id

a n d

u nw is e

t o

a n no y

m e

o n

s u ch
a

h o t

d ay.

H e

m ust

b e 
punis h e d

f o r

h is

i m pud ence .

L a sh

h im . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

i t ‘s

a lr e ad y

b een

t r ie d . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

T he n

u se

a

s p ear

a n d

k ill

h im . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

t he

g uard s

h ave

a lr e ad y

b lo o d ie d

t h e ir 
s w ord s

m an y

t im es

b y

d riv in g

h im

a w ay

f r o m

t he

p ala ce .

B ut

i t

i s

o f

n o

a va il. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

T he n

b in d

a n d

g ag

h im .

C ut

h is

t o ng ue

i f

i t

s till

d oesn ‘t

w ork .

I

d on’t

l ik e

t h e 
so und

o f

h is

v o ic e .

I t ‘s

a n no yin g . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

y o ur

o rd ers

w ere

a lr e ad y

f o llo w ed

t h ro ug h. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

( f r o w nin g )

N o.

T hat

c a n ‘t

b e.

A

b eg gar

c a n no t

c ry

f o r

b re ad

i f

h e

h as

n o  
to ng ue . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

H e

c a n ,

i f

h e

h as

g ro w n

a n o the r. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

W hat!

W hy,

p eo ple

c a n no t

g ro w

m ore

t ha n

o ne

t o ng ue

i n

a

l if e tim e!

T o

h ave 
m ore

t h an

o ne

t o ng ue

i s

t r e aso n. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

I f

i t

i s

t r e aso n

t o

h ave

m ore

t ha n

o ne

t o ng ue ,

O h
g re at

a n d

i llu str io us 
kin g ,

t h e n

t h is

b eg gar

m ust

s u re ly

b e

g uilt y

o f

t r e aso n. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

T he

p unis h m ent

f o r

t r e aso n

i s

d eath.

S ee

t o

i t

t ha t

t he

b eg gar

i s

k ille d .

A nd 
d o

n o t

f a n

m e

s o

s lo w ly .

I

a m

s o

h o t. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

( f a n nin g

m ore

r a p id ly )

T he

t hi ng

i s ,

O h
g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

a ll

y o ur 
o rd ers

h ave

a lr e ad y

b een

c a rrie d

o ut! 
 

T H E

K IN G :

Y o u

d are

m ock

m e! 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

N o,

n o

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g .

W ha t

I

s a y

i s

t he

t r u th,

t h e

w ho le 
t r u th

a n d

n o th in g

b ut

t h e

t r u th .

E ve n

y e ste rd ay,

O h
g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

t h e

b eg gar 
w hic h

y o u

n o w

h e ar

c ry in g

a lo ud

i n

t h e

s tr e et

w as

k ille d

b y

y o ur

s o ld ie rs

w it h

a

s w ord . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

D ead

p eo ple

c a n no t

e at

b re ad !

P eo ple

w ho

h ave

b een

k ille d

w it h

a

s w ord

d o 
no t

g o

a b out

i n

t h e

s tr e ets

c ry in g

f o r

a

p ie ce

o f

b re ad . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

Y e s,

t h e y

d o

i f

t h e y

a re

l ik e

t hi s

b eg gar. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

W hy,

h e

i s

b ut

a

m an .

S ure ly

h e

c a n ‘t

h ave

m ore

t ha n

o ne

l if e

i n

a

l if e tim e? 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

L is te n

t o

w hat

h ap pene d

y e ste rd ay,

O h
g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

I

a m

l is te nin g . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

Y o ur

s o ld ie rs

a lr e ad y

h it

a n d

i n ju re d

t hi s

b eg gar

f o r

c ry in g

a lo ud

i n

t h e 
str e ets

f o r

b re ad ,

b ut

h is

w ound s

a re

a lr e ad y

h e ale d .

T he y

c u t

o ut

h is

t o ng ue ,

b ut

h e 
im med ia te ly

g re w

a n o th e r.

T he y

k ille d

h im ,

y e t

h e

i s

n o w

a liv e . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

A h!

t h at

i s

a

s to ry

w hic h

I

c a n no t

u nd ers ta n d

a t

a ll. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

i t

m ay

b e

w ell. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

I

c a n no t

u nd ers ta n d

w hat

y o u

s a y,

e it h e r. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

t ha t

m ay

b e

w ell

a ls o . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

Y o u’r e

s p eakin g

i n

r id dle s

n o w .

I

d on’t

l ik e

r id dle s.

T he y

c o nfu se

m y

b ra in . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

i f

I

s p eak

i n

r id dle s

i t

i s

b eca u se

a

r id dle 
h as

c o m e

t o

p ass. 
 

T H E

B EG GAR'S

v o ic e

s u d denly

c rie s

o ut

l o ud ly . 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

( o uts id e)

B re ad .

B re ad .

G iv e

m e

s o m e

b re ad . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

A h!

H e

i s

s h o utin g

a g ain .

H is

v o ic e

s e em s

t o

b e

l o ud er

t ha n

i t

w as

b efo re . 
M ake

h im

s to p! 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

H ung er

i s

a s

f o od

t o

t he

l u n g s,

O h
g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

H is

l u ng s

a re

p ro b ab ly

w ell

f e d

t he n.

H a,

h a! 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

B ut

h is

s to m ach

i s

q uit e

e m pty . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

I

d on’t

c a re .

T hat’

s

n o t

m y

b usin e ss. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

S ho uld

I

p erh ap s

in g

h im

a

c ru st

f r o m

t he

w in d ow ? 
 

T H E

K IN G :

N o!

T o

f e ed

a

b eg gar

i s

a lw ays

f o olis h .

E ve ry

c ru m b

t ha t

i s

g iv e n

t o

a

b eg gar 
is

a n

e vil

s e ed

f r o m

w hic h

s p rin g s

a n o the r

f e llo w

l ik e

h im . 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

( o uts id e)

B re ad .

B re ad .

G iv e

m e

s o m e

b re ad . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

H e

s e em s

v e ry

h ung ry ,

O h
g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

Y e s.

S o

I

s h o uld

j u d ge. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

I f

y o u

w ill

n o t

l e t

m e

in g

h im

a

p ie ce

o f

b re ad ,

y o ur

e ars

m ust

p ay

t h e 
d eb ts

o f

y o ur

h an d . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

A

k in g

c a n

h ave

n o

d eb ts . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

T hat

i s

t r u e ,

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g .

E ve n

s o ,

t he

n o is e

o f

t h is 
p ers o n's

b eg gin g

m ust

a n no y

y o u

g re atly . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

I t

r e ally

d oes. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

I

a m

s u re

t h at

h e

c ra ve s

o nly

a

s m all

c ru st

f r o m

y o ur

t a b le

a n d

h e

w ould 
b e

c o nte nt. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

Y e ah ,

I

a m

s u re

h e

c ra ve s

o nly

t o

b e

a

k in g

a n d

h e

w ould

b e

v e ry

h ap py 
in d eed . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

D o

n o t

b e

h ard ,

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g .

Y o u

a re

e ve r

w is e

a n d

j u st. 
T his

b eg gar

i s

e xc e ed in g ly

h ung ry .

D o

y o u

n o t

c o m man d

m e

t o

in g

h im

j u st

o ne

s m all  
c ru st

f r o m

t h e

w in d ow ? 
 

T H E

K IN G :

M y

c o m man d s

I

h ave

a lr e ad y

g iv e n

t o

y o u.

S ee

t ha t

t he

b eg gar

i s

d riv e n 
aw ay.

H is

v o ic e

i s

a n no yin g

m e. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

B ut

a la s!

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

i f

h e

i s

d riv e n

a w ay

h e

w ill

r e tu rn 
a g ain

a s

h e

d id

b efo re . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

T he n

s e e

t o

i t

t h at

h e

i s

k ille d .

I

c a n no t

b e

a n no ye d

w it h

t he

s o und

o f

h is 
v o ic e . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

B ut

a la s!

O

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

i f

h e

i s

k ille d

h e

w ill

c o m e

t o

l if e 
a g ain

e ve n

a s

h e

d id

b efo re . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

A h!

t h at

i s

t r u e .

B ut

h is

v o ic e

i s

a n no yin g .

I

d on’t

l ik e

h e arin g

i t . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

H is

l u ng s

a re

f a tte ne d

w it h

h ung er.

O f

a

t r u th
t he y

a re

q uit e

s tr o ng . 

 

T H E

K IN G :

W ell,

t h in k

o f

a

r e m ed y

t o

w eake n

t he m. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

A

r e m ed y,

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ? 
 

H e

s to ps

f a n nin g . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

T hat

i s

w hat

I

s a id .

A

r e m ed y

a n d

d o

n o t

s to p

f a n nin g

m e.

I

a m

e xc e ed in g ly 
h o t. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

( f a n nin g

v ig oro usly )

A

c ru st

o f

b re ad ,

O h
g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g , 
d ro pped

f r o m

y o ur

w in d ow –th at

m ig ht

p ro ve

a

r e m ed y. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

( a n g rily )

I

h ave

s a id

I

w ill

n o t

g iv e

h im

a

c ru st

o f

b re ad .

I f

I

g ave

h im

a

c ru st 
to d ay

h e

w ould

b e

j u st

a s

h ung ry

a g ain

t o m orro w ,

a n d

m y

t r o ub le s

w ould

b e

a s

g re at

a s 
b efo re . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

T hat

i s

t r u e ,

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g .

Y o ur

m in d

i s

s u re ly

lle d

w it h 
g re at

l e arn in g . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

T he re fo re ,

s o m e

o th e r

r e m ed y

m ust

b e

f o und . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

t he

w ord s

o f

y o ur

i llu str io us

m outh

a re

t h e 
ve ry

r o ots

o f

w is d om . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

( t h in kin g )

N ow

l e t

m e

c o nsid er.

Y o u

s a y

h e

d oes

n o t

s u er

p ain , 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

T he re fo re

h e

c a n no t

b e

t o rtu re d . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

A nd

h e

c a n no t

d ie , 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

T he re fo re

i t

i s

u se le ss

t o

k ill

h im . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

N ow

l e t

m e

t h in k.

I

m ust

c o m e

u p

w it h

s o m e

o the r

w ay. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

P erh ap s

a

s m all

c ru st

o f

b re ad ,

O h
g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g – 
 

T H E

K IN G :

H a!

I

h ave

i t .

I

h ave

i t .

I

m yse lf

w ill

o rd er

h im

t o

s to p. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

( h o rri e d )

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ! 
 

T H E

K IN G :

S end

t h e

b eg gar

h e re . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ! 
 

T H E

K IN G :

H a!

I

t h in k

t h e

b eg gar

w ill

s to p

h is

a n no yin g

v o ic e

a n d

s h ut

u p

w he n

t h e

k in g 
co m man d s

h im

t o .

H a,

h a,

h a! 
 
T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

k in g ,

I

w ill

n o t

h ave

a

b eg gar

b ro ug ht

i n to

o ur

r o ya l

c ha mber 
 
T H E

K IN G :

( p le ase d

w it h

h is

i d ea)

Y e s.

G o

o uts id e

a n d

t e ll

t hi s

b eg gar

t ha t

t h e

k in g 
d esir e s

h is

p re se nce . 
 
T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

y o u

w ill

s u re ly

n o t

d o

t hi s.

Y o u

w ill

s u re ly

n o t 
so il

y o ur

r o ya l

e ye s

b y

l o okin g

o n

s u ch
a

lt hy

c re atu re .

Y o u

w ill

s u re ly

n o t

c o nta m in ate 
y o ur

l ip s

b y

s p eakin g

t o

a

c o m mon

b eg gar

w ho

c rie s

a lo ud

i n

t he

s tr e ets

f o r

b re ad . 
 
TH E

K IN G :

M y

e ars

h ave

b een

s o ile d

t o o

m uch
a lr e ad y.

S o

g o

n o w

a n d

d o

a s

I

h ave 
c o m man d ed

y o u. 
 
T H E

S ER V A N T:

O h

g re at

a n d

i llu str io us

k in g ,

y o u

w ill

s u re ly

n o t- – 
 
T H E

K IN G :

( r o arin g

a t

h im )

I

s a id ,

G o!

( T H E

S ER V A N T,

a fr a id ,

g oes

o ut.)

F o rs o oth ,

I

f a n cy 
th e

f e llo w

w ill

s to p

h is

a n no yin g

v o ic e

w he n

I

o rd er

h im

t o .

I

t hi nk

h e

w ill

b e

p re tty 
fr ig hte ne d

w he n

h e

h e ars

t h at

t h e

k in g

d esir e s

h is

p re se nce .

H a,

h a,

h a,

h a! 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

( r e tu rn in g )

Y o ur

m aje sty ,

h e re

i s

t he

b eg gar. 
 

T H E

B EG GAR

f o llo w s

T H E

S ER V A N T

s lo w ly

i n to

t he

r o ya l

c ha mber. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

H a!

A

w hat

a

m ag ni ce nt

s ig ht .

A re

y o u

t he

b eg gar

w ho

h as

b een

c ry in g 
alo ud

i n

t h e

s tr e ets

f o r

b re ad ? 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

( in

a

f a in t

v o ic e ,

a ft e r

a

s lig ht

p au se )

A re

y o u

t he

k in g ? 
 

T H E

K IN G :

I

a m

t h e

k in g . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

( t o

T H E

B EG GAR)

I t

i s

n o t

p ro per

f o r

a

b eg gar

t o

a sk

a

q ue stio n

t o

t h e 
kin g .

S peak

o nly

a s

y o u

a re

s p oke n

t o . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

( t o

T H E

S ER V A N T)

Y o u

w ould

b e

w ell

t o

d o

s o

l ik e w is e .

( T o

T H E

B EG GAR)


h ave

o rd ere d

y o u

h e re

t o

s p eak

t o

y o u

c o nce rn in g

a

v e ry

g ra ve

m atte r.

Y o u

a re

t h e 
b eg gar,

I

u nd ers ta n d ,

w ho

o ft e n

c rie s

a lo ud

i n

t he

s tr e ets

f o r

b re ad .

N ow ,

t h e

c o m pla in t 
o f

y o ur

v o ic e

a n no ys

m e

g re atly .

T he re fo re ,

d o

n o t

b eg

a n y

m ore . 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

( f a in tly )

I ..I

d o

n o t

u nd ers ta n d . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

I

s a id ,

d o

n o t

b eg

a n y

m ore . 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

I …I

d o

n o t

u nd ers ta n d . 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

( t o

T H E

B EG GAR)

T he

k in g

h as

c o m man d ed

y o u

t o

n o t

b eg

f o r

b re ad 
a n y

m ore .

T he

n o is e

o f

y o ur

v o ic e

i s

g arb ag e

i n

h is

e ars . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

Y e s,

y o ur

v o ic e

i s

a n no yin g .

Y o ur

e ars ,

I

s e e,

a re

i n

n e ed

o f

a

b ath

e ve n

m ore 
th an

y o ur

b od y.

I

s a id ,

D o

n o t

b eg

a n y

m ore . 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

I …I

d o

n o t

u nd ers ta n d . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

( s h o utin g )

D O

N O T

B EG

A N Y

M ORE! 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

I …I

d o

n o t

u nd ers ta n d . 
 

T H E

K IN G :U ug h!

H e

i s

m ore

d eaf

t h an

a

s to ne

w all. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

Y o ur

m aje sty ,

h e

c a n n o t

b e

d eaf,

f o r

h e

u nd ers to o d

m e

q uit e

e asily

w he n 
I

s p oke

t o

h im

i n

t h e

s tr e et. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

( t o

T H E

B EG GAR)

A re

y o u

d eaf?

C an

y o u

h e ar

w hat

I

a m

s a yin g

t o

y o u

n o w ? 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

Y e s!

I

c a n

h e ar

e ve ry

w ord

p erfe ctly . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

T he

i m pud ence .

y o ur

t o ng ue

s h all

b e

c u t

o ut

f o r

t hi s. 
 

T H E

S ER V A N T:

Y o ur

m aje sty ,

t o

c u t

o ut

h is

t o ng ue

i s

u se le ss,

f o r

h e

w ill

g ro w

a n o th e r. 
 

T H E

K IN G :

N o

m atte r.

I t

s h all

b e

c u t

o ut

a n yw ay.

( T o

T H E

B EG GAR)

I

h ave

o rd ere d

y o u 
no t

t o

b eg

a n y

m ore

i n

t h e

s tr e ets .

W hat

d o

y o u

m ean

b y

s a yin g

y o u

d o

n o t

u nd ers ta n d ? 
 

T H E

B EG GAR:

T he

w ord s

o f

y o ur

m outh
I

c a n

h e ar

p erfe ctly .

B ut

t he ir

n o is e

i s

o nly


f o olis h

t in g lin g

i n

m y

e ars . 
 

T H E

K IN G :

T c h !

O nly

a …!

A

l a sh

w ill

t in kle

y o ur

b ehin d

f o r

y o u

i f

y o u

d o

n o t

n o t

c u re

y o ur 
to ng ue

o f

i m pud ence .

I ,

y o ur

k in g ,

h ave

o rd ere d

y o u

n o t

t o

b eg

a n y

m ore

i n

t h e

s tr e ets 
fo r

b re ad .

S ig nif y

t h at

y o u

w ill

o b ey

t h e

o rd ers

o f

y o ur

k in g

b y

q uic k ly

k is sin g

t h e

o or 
ne ar

m y

f e et

t h ric e . 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

T hat

i s

i m possib le . 
 
T H E

S ER V A N T:

( a sid e

t o

T H E

B EG GAR)

C om e.

I t

i s

n o t

s a fe

t o

t e m pt

t he

p atie nce

o f

t h e 
kin g

t o o

l o ng .

H is

p atie nce

i s

t r u ly

g re at,

b ut

h e

l o se s

i t

m ost

w ond ro us

q uic k ly . 
 
T H E

K IN G :

C om e,

n o w :

I

h ave

o rd ere d

y o u

t o

k is s

y o ur

l ip s

t o

t he

o o r. 
 
T H E

S ER V A N T:

( n ud gin g

h im )

A nd

q uic k ly . 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

W hy

s h o uld

I

k is s

m y

l i p s

t o

t he

o o r? 
 
T H E

K IN G :

I n

o rd er

t o

s e al

y o ur

p ro m is e

t o

t hy

k in g . 
 
TH E

B EG GAR:

B ut

I

h ave

m ad e

n o

p ro m is e .

N eit h e r

h ave

I

a n y

k in g . 
 
TH E

K IN G :

H o!

H e

h as

m ad e

n o

p ro m is e .

N eit h e r

h as

h e

a n y

k in g .

H a,

h a,

h a.

I

h ave 
c o m man d ed

y o u

n o t

t o

b eg

a n y

m ore ,

f o r

t he

s o und

o f

y o ur

v o ic e

i s

a n no yin g .

K is s

y o ur 
lip s

n o w

t o

t h e

o or,

a s

I

h ave

c o m man d ed

y o u,

a n d

y o u

s h all

g o

f r o m

t hi s

p ala ce

a

f r e e 
m an .

R efu se ,

a n d

y o u

w ill

b e

s o rry

t h at

y o ur

f a the r

e ve r

c a m e

t w enty

m etr e s

o f

y o ur 
m oth e r. 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

I

h ave

e ve r

l a m ente d

t ha t

h e

d id .

F o r

t o

b e

b orn

i n to

t hi s

w orld

a

b eg gar

i s 
a

m ore

u nh ap py

t h in g

t h an

a n y

t h at

I

k n o w –u nle ss

i t

i s

t o

b e

b orn

a

k in g . 
 
TH E

K IN G :

( a n g ry

n o is e )

Y o ur

t o ng ue

o f

a

t r u th
i s

t o o

l iv e ly

f o r

y o ur

h e alt h .

C om e,

n o w , 
kis s

y o ur

l ip s

t h re e

t im es

o n

t h e

o or

a n d

p ro m is e

s o le m nly

t ha t

y o u

w ill

n e ve r

b eg

i n

t h e 
str e ets

a g ain .

A nd

h urry ! 
 

TH E

S ER V A N T:

( a sid e)

I t

i s

w is e

t o

d o

a s

t he

k in g

c o m man d s

y o u.

H is

p atie nce

i s

n e ar

a n 
e nd . 
 
TH E

K IN G :

D o

n o t

b e

a fr a id

t o

s o il

t h e

o o r

w it h

t hy

f o re he ad .

I

w ill

g ra cio usly

f o rg iv e

y o u 
fo r

t h at. 
 
T H E

B EG GAR

s ta n d s

m otio nle ss. 
 
T H E

S ER V A N T:

I

s a id ,

i t

i s

n o t

w is e

t o

k e ep

t he

k in g

w ait in g . 
 
T H E

B EG GAR

d oes

n o t

m ove . 
 
T H E

K IN G :

W ell?

( A

p au se .)

W ell?

( In

a

r a g e)

W ELL? 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

O h

k in g ,

y o u

h ave

c o m man d ed

m e

n o t

t o

b eg

i n

t he

s tr e ets

f o r

b re ad ,

f o r 
th e

n o is e

o f

m y

v o ic e

o end s

y o u.

N ow

t he re fo re

d o

I

l ik e w is e

c o m man d

t h e e

t o

r e m ove 
th y

c ro w n

f r o m

t h y

f o re he ad

a n d

t h ro w

i t

f r o m

y o nd er

w in d ow

i n to

t he

s tr e et.

F o r

w he n 
th o u

h ast

t h ro w n

t h y

c ro w n

i n to

t h e

s tr e et,

t he n

w ill

I

n o

l o ng er

b e

o b lig ed

t o

b eg . 
 
TH E

K IN G :

F ft !

T ho u

c o m man d est

m e!

T ho u,

a

b eg gar

f r o m

t he

s tr e ets ,

c o m man d est

m e, 
a

k in g ,

t o

r e m ove

m y

c ro w n

f r o m

m y

f o re he ad

a n d

t hr ow

i t

f r o m

y o nd er

w in d ow

i n to

t h e 
str e et! 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

T hat

i s

w hat

I

s a id . 
 
TH E

K IN G .

W hy,

d ost

t h o u

n o t

k n o w

I

c a n

h ave

t he e

s la in

f o r

s u ch
w ord s? 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

N o.

T ho u

c a n st

n o t

h ave

m e

s la in .

T he

s p ears

o f

t hy

s o ld ie rs

a re

a s

s tr a w s 
ag ain st

m y

b od y. 
 
T H E

K IN G :

H a!

W e

s h all

s e e

i f

t h e y

a re .

W e

s h all

s e e! 
 
T H E

S ER V A N T:

O

k in g ,

i t

i s

i n d eed

t r u e .

I t

i s

e ve n

a s

h e

h as

t o ld

t he e. 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

I

h ave

r e q uir e d

t h e e

t o

r e m ove

t hy

c ro w n

f r o m

t hy

f o re he ad .

I f

s o

b e

t h o u 
w ilt

t h ro w

i t

f r o m

y o nd er

w in d ow

i n to

t he

s tr e et,

m y

v o ic e

w ill

c e ase

t o

a n no y

t h e e

a n y 
m ore .

B ut

i f

t h o u

r e fu se ,

t h e n

t h o u

w ilt

w is h

t ho u

h ad st

n e ve r

h ad

a n y

c ro w n

a t

a ll.

F o r 
th y

d ays

w ill

b e

lle d

w it h

a

t e rrib le

b ond in g

a n d

t hy

n ig ht s

w ill

b e

f u ll

o f

h o rro rs ,

e ve n

a s 
a

s h ip

i s

f u ll

o f

r a ts . 

 
TH E

K IN G :

W hy,

t h is

i s

i n so le nce .

T his

i s

t r e aso n! 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

W ilt

t h o u

t h ro w

t h y

c ro w n

f r o m

y o nd er

w in d ow ? 
 
TH E

K IN G :

W hy,

t h is

i s

h ig h

t r e aso n! 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

I

a sk

t h e e,

w ilt

t h o u

t hr ow

t hy

c ro w n

f r o m

y o nd er

w in d ow ? 
 
TH E

S ER V A N T:

( a sid e

t o

T H E

K IN G )

P erh ap s

i t

w ere

w is e

t o

h um or

h im ,

O

k in g .

A ft e r

t h o u 
hast

t h ro w n

t h y

c ro w n

a w ay

I

c a n

g o

o uts id e

a n d

b rin g

i t

t o

t he e

a g ain . 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

W ell?

W ell?

( H e

p oin ts

t o

t he

w in d ow .)

W ell? 
 
T H E

K IN G :

N o!

I

w ill

n o t

t h ro w

m y

c ro w n

f r o m

t ha t

w in d ow –n o ,

n o r

f r o m

a n y

o th e r 
w in d ow .

W hat!

S hall

I

o b ey

t h e

o rd ers

o f

a

b eg gar?

N eve r! 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

( p re p arin g

t o

l e ave )

T ru ly ,

t ha t

i s

s p oke n

l ik e

a

k in g .

T ho u

a rt

a

k in g ,

s o 
th o u

w ould st

p re fe r

t o

l o se

t h y

h e ad

t ha n

t ha t

s illy

c ir c le

o f

g old

t ha t

s o

f o olis h ly

s it s 
u p on

i t .

B ut

i t

i s

w ell.

T ho u

a rt

a

k in g .

T ho u

c o uld st

n o t

p re fe r

o the rw is e . 
 
H e

w alk s

c a lm ly

t o w ard

t h e

d oor. 
 
T H E

K IN G :

( t o

T H E

S ER V A N T)

S to p

h im !

S eiz e

h im !

D oes

h e

t hi nk

t o

g et

o

s o

e asily

w it h 
h is

i m pud ence ! 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

( c o olly )

O ne

o f

t h y

s e rv a n ts

c a n no t

s to p

m e.

N eit h e r

c a n

t e n

t h o usa n d

o f 
th e m

d o

m e

a n y

h arm .

I

a m

s tr o ng er

t ha n

a

m ounta in .

I

a m

s tr o ng er

t ha n

t h e

s e a! 
 
T H E

K IN G :

H a!

W e

w ill

s e e

a b out

t h at,

w e

w ill

s e e

a b out

t ha t.

( T o

T H E

S ER V A N T)

H old 
h im ,

I

s a y.

C all

t h e

g uard s.

H e

s h all

b e

p ut

i n

c ha in s. 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

M y

s tr e ng th

i s

g re ate r

t ha n

a

m ounta in

a n d

m y

w ord s

a re

m ore

f e arfu l 
th an

a

h urric a n e .

T his

s e rv a n t

o f

t h in e

c a n no t

e ve n

t o uch
m e.

W it h
o ne

b re ath

o f

m y 
mouth

I

c a n

b lo w

o ve r

t h is

w ho le

p ala ce . 
 
T H E

K IN G :

D ost

t h o u

h e ar

t h e

i m pud ence

h e

i s

o erin g

m e?

W hy

d ost

t ho u

n o t

s e iz e 
h im ?

W hat

i s

t h e

m atte r

w it h

t h e e?

W hy

d ost

t ho u

n o t

c a ll

t he

g uard s? 
 

TH E

B EG GAR:

I

w ill

n o t

h arm

t h e e

n o w .

I

w ill

o nly

c ry

a lo ud

i n

t he

s tr e ets

f o r

b re ad 
w he re w it h

t o

ll

m y

b elly .

B ut

o ne

d ay

I

w ill

n o t

b e

s o

k in d

t o

t he e.

O n

t ha t

d ay

m y

m outh 
w ill

b e

lle d

w it h

a

r u sh in g

w in d

a n d

m y

a rm s

w ill

b eco m e

a s

s tr o ng

a s

s te el

r o d s,

a n d


w ill

b lo w

o ve r

t h is

p ala ce ,

a n d

a ll

t h e

b one s

i n

t hy

f o olis h

b od y

I

w ill

s n ap

b etw een

m y 
n g ers .

I

w ill

b eat

u p on

a

l a rg e

d ru m

a n d

t hy

h e ad

w ill

b e

m y

d ru m stic k .

I

w ill

n o t

d o 
th e se

t h in g s

n o w .

B ut

o ne

d ay

I

w ill

d o

t he m.

T he re fo re ,

w he n

m y

v o ic e

s o und s

a g ain

i n 
t h in e

e ars ,

b eg gin g

f o r

b re ad ,

r e m em ber

w hat

I

h ave

t o ld

t he e.

R em em ber,

O

k in g ,

a n d 
b e

a fr a id ! 
 
H e

w alk s

o ut.

T H E

S ER V A N T,

s tr u ck

d um b,

s ta re s

a ft e r

h im .

T H E

K IN G

s it s

i n

h is

c h air , 
d aze d . 
 
T H E

K IN G :

( s u d denly

c o lle ctin g

h is

w it s )

A ft e r

h im !

A ft e r

h im !

H e

m ust

n o t

b e

a llo w ed

t o 
e sc a p e!

A ft e r

h im ! 
 
TH E

S ER V A N T:

( f a lt e rin g )

O

k in g –I

c a n no t

s e em

t o

m ove . 
 
T H E

K IN G :

Q uic k ,

t h e n.

C all

t h e

g uard s.

H e

m ust

b e

c a u g ht

a n d

p ut

i n

c ha in s.

Q uic k ,


s a y.

C all

t h e

g uard s! 
 
T H E

S ER V A N T:

O

k in g –I

c a n no t

s e em

t o

c a ll

t he m. 
 
TH E

K IN G :

H ow !

A re

y o u

d um b?

A h! 
 
T H E

B EG GAR'S

v o ic e

i s

h e ard

o uts id e. 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

B re ad .

B re ad .

G iv e

m e

s o m e

b re ad . 
 
TH E

K IN G :

A h.

H e

t u rn s

t o w ard

t h e

w in d ow ,

h alf – fr ig ht ene d ,

a n d

t he n,

a lm ost 
in stin ctiv e ly ,

r a is e s

h is

h an d s

t o w ard

h is

c ro w n,

a n d

s e em s

o n

t he

p oin t

o f

t o ssin g

i t

o ut 
th e

w in d ow .

B ut

w it h

a n

o ath

h e

r e p la ce s

i t

a n d

p re sse s

i t

rm ly

o n

h is

h e ad .

H ow !

A m


a fr a id

o f

a

b eg gar! 
 
T H E

B EG GAR:

( c o ntin uin g

o uts id e)

B re ad .

B re ad .

G iv e

m e

s o m e

b re ad . 
 
TH E

K IN G :

( w it h

t e rrib le

a n g er)

C lo se

t ha t

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