Jack And The Beanstalk Short Version

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  2. Once upon a time there was a poor widow who lived with her son Jack in a  little house. Their wealth consisted solely of a milking cow.  When the cow had  grown too old, the mother sent Jack to sell it.
    • On his way to the market, the  boy met a stranger.
    •   "I will give you five magic beans for your cow," the stranger offered. 
    • Jack  was unsure and hesitated, but then thinking it was a deal, he decided to accept.
    • When he returned home, his mother  was furious and reprimanded him sternly:   "You fool! What have you done? We needed the money to buy a calf. Now we don't have anything and we are even poorer." 
    • Jack felt guilty and sad. "Only a fool would exchange a cow for five beans," his mother fumed. 
    • Then, angrily, she threw the five beans out of  the window and sent Jack to bed with no dinner.
    • The next morning , when he stepped outside, Jack saw an amazing sight. A  gigantic beanstalk, reaching far into the clouds, had grown overnight. 
  3. "The beans must have really been magic," Jack thought happily
    • Being very  curious, the boy climbed the plant and once he reached the top of the stalk he  found himself over the clouds.
  4. While looking around in amazement, Jack saw a huge castle. 
    • "I wonder who lives there,
    • " he thought. Jack was very surprised to see a  path leading to the castle.
    • "What are you doing here?" a thundering voice asked. The biggest woman he had ever seen was scowling at him. Jack could only mutter: 
    • "I am lost. May I have something to eat? I am very hungry." The woman, who did not have children, looked at him a little more kindly: "Come in, quick. I will give you a bowl of milk. But be careful because my husband, the giant, eats children. If you hear him coming, hide at once." 
    • Jack was shaking with fear but, nonetheless, he went inside. The milk the woman gave him was very good and Jack had almost finished drinking it when they heard a tremendous noise. The giant was home. 
  5. "Fee fi fo fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!" the giant shouted.
  6. "Hide, quick!" the woman whispered, pushing Jack into the oven.  "Do I smell a child in this room?" the giant asked suspiciously, sniffing and looking all around.
  7. "A child?" the woman repeated. "You see and hear children everywhere.  That's all you ever think about. Sit down and I'll make your dinner." The  giant, still grumbling, filled a jug of wine and drank it all with his dinner. 
  8. After having counted again and again all the gold pieces of his treasure,  the giant fell asleep with his feet propped up on the table. 
    • After a little  while, his thundering snoring echoed throughout the castle. The giant's wife  went to prepare the giant's bed and Jack, who had sneaked out ot the oven, saw  the gold pieces on the table and filled a little bag full of them. 
    • "I hope he won't see me, otherwise he'll eat me whole, Jack thought while  shivering with fear. Jack's heart was beating faster, not just faster because  he feared the giant but because he was very excited. Thanks to all the gold coins, he and his mother would be rich. 
  9. Jack ran down the path over the clouds.                                                              
  10. Jack arrived at the top of the giant beanstalk and began to descend as quickly as possible, hanging on the leaves and the branches
    • When he finally  reached the ground, he found his mother waiting for him. The poor woman had  been worried sick since his disappearance. 
  11. She had been frightened by the giant beanstalk. When she saw Jack come down and then triumphantly hold up the bag full of gold, she burst out crying:  "Where have you been, my son? Do you want me to die worrying? What kind of plant is this? What . . ." 
    • When he returned home, his mother  was furious and reprimanded him sternly:   "You fool! What have you done? We needed the money to buy a calf. Now we don't have anything and we are even poorer." 
  12. Jack cheerfully interrupted her, emptying the contents of the bag before her.   "You see, I did the right thing exchanging that cow for the magic beans."
    • Jack decided to go back to the castle above the clouds. This time the boy went inside through the kitchen and hid once again in the oven. Shortly after, the giant came in and began to sniff about. 
  13. "I smell children," he said to his wife. But since she had seen no one come  in, she didn't pay any attention to him. 
  14. After dinner, the giant placed a hen on the table. The hen laid golden eggs.  Jack saw the miraculous hen from a crack in the oven door.
    • He waited for the giant to fall asleep, jumped out of the oven, snatched the hen and ran out of  the castle.
  15. Once again, he  found his mother anxiously waiting for him at the foot of the beanstalk.  "Is that all you got? A hen?" she asked Jack, disappointed. But Jack ran,  happy, to the courtyard. 
  16. "Just wait," he said to his mother. As a matter of fact, a little while  later the hen laid a golden egg and continued to lay such an egg every single day after that. 
    • One evening he gathered all his courage and climbed once more the giant beanstalk. This time he entered the castle through an open window. 
  17. He sneaked in the darkness to the kitchen and hid inside a huge pot until the  following day.
    • After dinner the giant went to get his magic harp, an instrument  that sang and played marvelous music. While listening to the harp's sweet  melody, the giant fell asleep. In his hiding place, Jack was captivated by the  harp's song as well.
    • When he finally heard the giant snore loudly, he lifted  the pot's lid and saw the extraordinary instrument: a golden harp. 
    • He quickly climbed on the table and ran away with the harp in his hands. The instrument woke up the giant screaming: 
    • "Master, master! Wake up! A thief is taking me away!" The giant woke up  suddenly, was disorientated for a couple of seconds but then realized what was  happening and began chasing Jack. The boy ran as fast as he could and the harp kept calling out. 
  18. When Jack got down to earth he called to his mother,  "Look what I've brought you!" The harp began to play an enchanting melody and his mother smiled happily. 
    • But up there in the clouds someone else had heard the harp's beautiful song and Jack soon realized with terror that the thick beanstalk was shaking under a very heavy weight. The giant was coming down to earth! 
    • Hide the harp and bring me an ax! I must chop down the plant before the giant gets here," Jack said to his mother."
    • They could already see the giant's huge boots when the plant and the giant finally crashed to the ground.
    • The magical sound of the harp cured his mother's sadness and she was once again happy and cheerful.
  19. The hen kept on laying golden eggs. 
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    • Jack's life had gone through a lot of changes since he had accepted the magic beans. But without his courage and his wit, he and his mother could never have found happiness.
  21. THE END