The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
December 24, the house of the Stahlbaum Medicine Advisor. Everyone is getting ready for Christmas, and the children – Fritz and Marie – are guessing what this time they will be presented as a gift by an inventor and godfather, a senior court adviser Drosselmeyer, who often repaired watches in the house of Stalbaums. Marie dreamed of a garden and a lake with swans, and Fritz said that he liked the gifts of parents that could be played (the godfather’s toys were usually kept away from children so that they would not break), and making a garden for the godmother could not do it.
In the evening the children were admitted to a beautiful Christmas tree, near and on which were gifts: new dolls, dresses, hussars,
The girl in the bed woke up with an elbow, cut by a broken glass cabinet. No one believed her story about the night incident. The godfather brought the renovated Nutcracker and told the tale of the hard nut: the princess Pirlipat was born to the king and queen, but Queen Myschild, after revenge for relatives killed by the mousetraps of the court watchmaker Drosselmeyer (they ate fat intended for royal sausages), turned the beauty into a freak. Now she could only calm down
A week later Marie recovered and began reproaching Drosselmeyer in that he did not help the Nutcracker. He replied that only she can help, because she rules the bright kingdom. The mouse king tried to extort from Marie her sweetness in exchange for the safety of the Nutcracker. Parents were alarmed that the mice started. When he demanded her book and dress, she picked up the Nutcracker and sobbed – she was ready to give everything, but when there was nothing left, the mouse king would want to bite her. The Nutcracker came to life and promised to take care of everything if a sword was to be gotten. This was helped by Fritz, who had recently dismissed the colonel (and punished the hussar for cowardice during the battle). At night the Nutcracker came to Marie with a bloody saber, a candle and seven golden crowns. I will give the trophy to the girl, he took her to his kingdom – the Land of Fairy Tales, where they got through his father’s fox fur coat.
Of course, none of the adults believed her story. About the crown Drosselmayer said that this is his gift to Marie on her second birthday and refused to recognize the Nutcracker as her nephew (the toy stood in its place in the closet). Papa threatened to throw out all the dolls, and Marie did not dare to stammer about her story. But one day on the threshold of their house appeared nephew Drosselmeyer, who privately confessed to Marie that he had ceased to be a Nutcracker, and made an offer to share with him the crown and throne of the Marzipan Castle. They say that she is still the queen.