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We appreciate your feedback. OK, close. The King sends his servants to make enquiries about the mysterious Lord Gagliuso. Puss is one step ahead. Everytime Puss came across a herd of sheep, a drove of pigs or a troop of horses, he told them that villains were pillaging the land.
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If they wanted to be safe, they should tell anyone asking that they were the property of Lord Gagliuso. A wealthy marriage was set up by the King, and our hero marries the Princess- using her dowry to build a vast estate. This version had a moral that helped to temper the injustice of the story. Gagliuso promised in return that, when the cat died he would have its body preserved in a solid gold coffin.
The cat decided to test his master, and pretended to be dead. Lying with his paws stretched out he heard Gagliuso order his wife to take the corpse by the paws and throw it out of the window! The cat jumped to its feet and berated the boy for his ingratitude, before leaving him to fend for himself in the future. By Charles Perrault. This was very easy, as he had nothing to leave but his mill, his ass, and his cat; so he made no will, and called in no lawyer. The eldest son had the mill; the second, the ass; and the youngest, nothing but the cat.
The young fellow was quite downcast at so poor a lot. The cat, who heard all this, sat up on his four paws, and looking at him with a grave and wise air, said: "Master, I think you had better not kill me; I shall be much more useful to you alive. Now, though the young man did not much depend upon the cat's words, still he thought it rather surprising that a cat should speak at all. And he had before now seen him play a great many cunning tricks in catching rats and mice, so that it seemed advisable to trust him a little further; especially as-poor young fellow-he had nobody else to trust.
When the cat got his boots, he drew them on with a grand air, and slinging his sack over his shoulder, and drawing the cords of it round his neck, he marched bravely to a rabbit warren hard by, with which he was well acquainted. Then, putting some bran and lettuces into his bag, and stretching himself out beside it as if he were dead, he waited till some fine, fat young rabbit, ignorant of the wickedness and deceit of the world, should peep into the sack to eat the food that was inside.
This happened very shortly, for there are plenty of foolish young rabbits in every warren; and when one of them, who really was a splendid fat fellow, put his head inside, Master Puss drew the cords immediately, and took him and killed him without mercy. Then, very proud of his prey, he marched direct to the palace, and begged to speak with the King.
He was told to ascend to the apartment of his majesty, where, making a low bow, he said: "Sire, here is a magnificent rabbit, killed in the warren, which belongs to my lord the Marquis of Carabas, and which he told me to offer humbly to your majesty. Another time, Puss went out and hid himself and his sack in a wheat field, and there caught two splendid fat partridges in the same manner as he had done the rabbit.
When he presented them to the King, with a similar message as before, his majesty was so pleased that he ordered the cat to be taken down into the kitchen and given something to eat and drink; where, while enjoying himself, the faithful animal did not cease to talk in the most cunning way of the large preserves and abundant game which belonged to his lord the Marquis of Carabas. One day, hearing that the King was intending to take a drive along the riverside with his daughter, the most beautiful princess in the world, Puss said to his master: "Sir, if you would only follow my advice, your fortune is made.
Only remember that you are no longer yourself, but my lord the Marquis of Carabas. While he was bathing, the King and all the court passed by, and were startled to hear loud cries of "Help!
While they were pulling the unfortunate marquis out of the water, the cat came up, bowing, to the side of the King's carriage, and told a long and pitiful story about some thieves who, while his master was bathing, had come and carried away all his clothes, so that it would be impossible for him to appear before his majesty and the illustrious princess. Then, being handsome and well-made, his new clothes became him so well, that he looked as if he had been a marquis all his days, and advanced with an air of respectful ease to offer his thanks to his majesty. The King received him courteously, and the princess admired him very much.
Indeed, so charming did he appear to her, that she hinted to her father to invite him into the carriage with them, which, you may be sure the young man did not refuse. The cat, delighted at the success of his scheme, went away as fast as he could, and ran so swiftly that he kept a long way ahead of the royal carriage. He went on and on, till he came to some peasants who were mowing in a meadow. So when the King drove by, and asked whose meadow it was where there was such a splendid crop of hay, the mowers all answered, trembling, that it belonged to my lord the Marquis of Carabas.
Then the cat came to a wheat field, where the reapers were reaping with all their might. He bounced in upon them: "The King is coming past to-day, and if you do not tell him that this wheat belongs to my lord the Marquis of Carabas, I will have you everyone chopped as small as mincemeat. They drove on-the cat always running before and saying the same thing to everybody he met, that they were to declare that the whole country belonged to his master; so that even the King was astonished at the vast estate of my lord the Marquis of Carabas.
But now the cat arrived at a great castle where dwelt an Ogre, to whom belonged all the land through which the royal carriage had been driving. This Ogre was a cruel tyrant, and his tenants and servants were terribly afraid of him, which accounted for their being so ready to say whatever they were told to say by the cat, who had taken pains to inform himself all about the Ogre. So, putting on the boldest face he could assume, Puss marched up to the castle with his boots on, and asked to see the owner of it, saying that he was on his travels, but did not wish to pass so near the castle of such a noble gentleman without paying his respects to him.
When the Ogre heard this message, he went to the door, received the cat as civilly as an Ogre can, and begged him to walk in and repose himself. I have heard in far countries of your many remarkable qualities, and especially how you have the power to change yourself into any sort of beast you choose-a lion, for instance, or an elephant. He did so; and the cat was so frightened that he sprang up to the roof of the castle and hid himself in the gutter-a proceeding rather inconvenient on account of his boots, which were not exactly fitted to walk with on tiles.
At length, perceiving that the Ogre had resumed his original form, he came down again, and owned that he had been very much frightened. I have heard that you can; still, for my part, I consider it quite impossible. This was exactly what Puss wanted; and he fell upon him at once and ate him up. So there was an end to the Ogre. By this time the King had arrived opposite the castle, and had a strong wish to go into it. The cat, hearing the noise of the carriage wheels, ran forward in a great hurry, and, standing at the gate, said, in a loud voice: "Welcome, sire, to the castle of my lord the Marquis of Carabas.
Truly, marquis, you have kept your secret well up to the last minute. I have never seen anything finer than this courtyard and these battlements.
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Let us go in, if you please. The marquis, without speaking, offered his hand to the princess to help her to descend, and, standing aside that the King might enter first, followed his majesty to the great hall, where a magnificent dinner was laid out, and where, without more delays they all sat down to feast. Before the banquet was over, the King, charmed with the good qualities of the Marquis of Carabas, said, bowing across the table at which the princess and the miller's son were talking very confidentially together: "It rests with you, marquis, whether you will marry my daughter.
So they were married the very next day, and took possession of the Ogre's castle, and of everything that had belonged to him. As for the cat, he became at once a great lord, and had nevermore any need to run after mice, except for his own diversion. The Pantomime Origins:. It was first seen at Covent Garden in In fact the only long standing name is that of the Principal Boy. The Principal Boy:. This seems to have been consistent- examples in , , and Where the pantomime is set in Spain or Italy there have been changes- Pedro for example, and Carlos.
He has also been named Jocelyn and Jack Lyceum Frankie Vaughan at the Palladium became Francesco The Cat:. Bobby Crush - Mimi Law as Puss. The Dame:. In many productions the Dame is the Queen. In some productions the Dame is Dame Trott. The Comic:. Muggles and Miffins seem to be semi-traditional names for this character. Gillian also played Queen of Catland at the Palladium The King:. His title changes from production to production.
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