The Apple Dumpling

The Apple Dumpling
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  • NARRATOR: Once upon a time in England there lived a farmer’s wife whose name was Mildred.  Though her husband died many years before, this old lady lives on her own just fine, thank you (gestures to Mildred). Well, most of the time. Except for days like today, when she gets a hankering for something.
  • MILDRED: ALL I can think about is apple dumpling.  Mm, hmm! Tasty morsels of apple and butter baked in flour and sugar-coated- oh my!  I MUST have one for dinner tonight.
  • MILDRED: Oh, I am feeling a hankering!
  • MILDRED: Let's see. (looks at table) What do I have? I have sugar. I have butter. There’s flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. That’s all well and good. But something is missing. What could it be? (looks to audience) Oh, my goodness— it’s apples! I have no APPLES! (puts hands on hips and looks at audience) I can’t very well make an apple dumpling for dinner tonight without APPLES, now can I?
  • [MILDRED gestures out the window to the plum tree.]
  • MILDRED: All I have are these plums.  (lifts the basket of plums, sets it down, and looks out the window to the plum tree branch, laden with plums) More than I know what to do with. These plums won't get me very far in having an apple dumpling for dinner.  Unless...  Mmm, here's a thought...
  • [MILDRED takes a shawl from a hook. She places a napkin over the plums in the basket and walks to the edge of her cottage. She looks left and right, as if looking both ways before crossing a street, and goes to the middle section of the backdrop, an area that presents a pasture.]
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