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  • Get the fattest pig and take Myra's hand!
  • I want you to carry me up the mountain to drink water from the stream and sing the lullaby to me. If you fail to keep your promise you and your descendants would be doomed for eternity.
  • Elya Yelnats was Stanley's great great grandfather who lived in Latvia. He was a 15 year old ordinary boy. The boys of his age loved to mud wrestle but he liked to listen stories from Madam Zeroni, an old Egyptian village woman.
  • "If only, if only," the woodpecker sighs, "The bark on the tree was as soft as the skies." While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely, Crying to the moo— oo— oon, "If only, if only."
  • Elya was deeply in love with a 14 year old girl named Myra Menke. An old pig farmer named Igor Barkov asked for Myra's hand. Myra's father decided on whoever would give the fattest pig on Myra's 15th birthday would get her hand.
  • Elya asked Madame Zeroni for help as he did not have a pig. She dissuaded Elya not to marry Myra as she thought Myra was an empty headed woman. She told Elya to move to America. Madam Zeroni saw a sad Elya and offered to help in return for a promise.
  • OH!! I am doomed!!!
  • Everyday Elya would carry the pig up the mountain to drink water from the stream and sing the lullaby which Madame Zeroni had taught him. He carried the pig and sang the lullaby and it grew fatter. The last day he didn't carry the pig as he thought the pig was fat enough.
  • On Myra's 15th birthday, both men brought their pigs.They looked like the fattest pig so Myra's father weighed them. Unfortunately, both weighed the same so Myra was asked to make a decision. She was silly and put her and Elya's relationship on a number scale. Elya felt dejected and refused to marry Myra.
  • Elya was heartbroken and he decided to sail away to America. He boarded the ship without meeting Madame Zeroni and forgot about the promise. When he was half way he remembered the promise and the curse. This made him guilty throughout his life but it was too late by then.
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