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A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal–winning canlirecvima.tke to. focuses on several chapters of The Tale of Despereaux and is comprised of five of the following Book I covers Despereaux's childhood; Book II focuses. Despereaux- A brave little mouse that falls in love with a young princess The Setting this book, The Tale The main theme in this story book is loves conquers .
The jug- gler stopped juggling. The noble people stopped earing. The queen looked at Roscuro. Roscuro looked at the queen. Reader, in the spirit of honesty I must utter a difficult and unsavory truth: Rats arc not beautiful creatures.
They are not even cute. Thcv are. There was a long moment of silence, and then Roscuro said to the queen. She died as she lived. She clutched her chest and fell over backward. Her royal chair hit the floor with a thump, and the ban- quet hall exploded. Spoons were dropped. Chairs were back.
Roscuro climbed out of the bowl of soup. He felt that, under the circumstances, it would be best if he left. As he crawled across the tablecloth, he remembered the words of the prisoner m the dungeon, his regret that he did not look back at his daughter as he left her. And so, Roscuro turned. And he saw that the princess was glaring at him. He eyes were filled with disgust and anger. Did you think that rats do not have hearts?
All living things have a heart. And the heart of any living thing can be broken. If the rat had not looked over his shoulder, perhaps his heart would not have broken. And it is possible, then, that I would nor have a story to tell. A ur, be said. I le put a paw over bis hcarr.
And there is no light for rats. There will be no light for me. The king was still shouting. Save her! I will have a crown of my own. He pur it on his head. And I will have revenge. Both rhings. Or if they do mend, they heal themselves in a crooked and lopsided way. Such was the fate of Chiaroscuro. His heart was broken. Picking up the spoon and placing it on his head, speaking of revenge, these things helped him to put his heart together again.
But it was. Every action, reader, no matter how small, has a consequence. For instance, the young Roscuro gnawed on Gregory the jailers rope, and because he gnawed on the rope, a match was lit in his face, and because a match was lit in his face, his soul was set afire. The rats soul was set afire, and because of this, he jour- neyed upstairs, seeking the light. You can see. For instance if. These things were collected from all the people of the Kingdom of Dor. But the thing about killing a rat is that you must first find a rat.
And if a rat docs not want to be found, reader, he will nor he found. Some of them, in fact, did not ever find their way out again and died there in the dark heart of the castle.
And so. And in desperation. King Phillip declared that rats were illegal. He declared them outlaws. This, of course, was a ridiculous law, as rats are outlaws to begin with. How can you outlaw an outlaw? It is a waste of time and energy.
But still, the king officially decreed that all rats in the Kingdom of Dor were outlaws and should be treated as such. When you are a king, you may make as many ridiculous laws as you like.
That is what being a king is all about. This is the danger of loving: No matter how powerful you are. Making soup illegal, outlawing i. And so we must forgive him. And what of the outlawed rats? What of one outlawed i at m particular? What of Chiaroscuro? In the darkness of the dungeon, he sat in his nest with i lie spoon atop his head.
He set to work fashioning for himself. And as he worked, old one-eared Botticelli Remorso sat next to him swinging his locker back and forth, back and forth, saying.
I hope that you have learned your les- son. Your job in this world is to make others suffer. That is exactly what I intend to do. I will make the princess suffer for how she looked at me. He stood with his head cocked to one side, listening to a sweet sound he did nor yet have a name for. Because of the music, the mouse would find his way to a princess.
He would fall in love. And beside the soldier there sat a young girl with ears that looked like nothing so much as pieces of cauliflower stuck on either side of her head. And though she did not vet know it. With that said, here begins a short his- iory of the life and times of Miggery Sow. Miggery Sow was six years old when her mother, hold- ing on to Migs hand and staring directly into Migs eyes. Who is that holding my hand? Ma, Miggery Sow.
She squeezed Mig's hand once, twice, and then she died, leaving Mig alone with her father, who. Go on now. Mig watched her father walk away, the red tablecloth billowing out behind him. He left his daughrer.
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Can you imagine your father sell- ing you for a tablecloth, a hen. I one? I hope that the hair on the back of your neck stood up is you i bought of Mig's fate and how it would be if it were vour own.
Poor Mig. What will become of her? You must, fright- ened though you may be. And also, as he said she must. Mig tended Uncles sheep and cooked Uncles food and scrubbed Uncles kettle.
She did all of this without a word of thanks or praise from the man himself. Another unfortunate fact of life with Uncle was that he very much liked giving Mig what he referred to as "a good clout to the car.
In fairness to Uncle, it must be reported that he did always inquire whether or not Mig was interested in receiving the clout. Their daily exchanges went something like this: I cleaned the kettle. Uncle, I don't. The discussed clour to the ear was always delivered.
I am afraid, with a great deal of enthusiasm on Uncles part and received with absolutely no enthusiasm at all on the part of Mig. These clouts were alarmingly frequent. And Uncle was scrupulously fair in paying attention to both the right and left side of Miggerv Sow. So it was that after a time, the young Mig's ears came to resemble not so much cars as pieces of cauliflower stuck to cither side of her head.
And they became about as useful to her as pieces of cauliflower. Words, for Mig, lost their sharp edges. And then they lost their edges altogether and became blurry, blankery things that she had a great deal of trouble making any sense out of at all. The less Mig heard, the less she understood.
The less she understood, the more things she did wrong: This is what is known as a vicious circle. And Miggery Sow was right in the center of it. Which is not. But then, as you know, what Miggery Sow wanted had never been of much concern to anvonc.
Get out of my face before I give ye a good clout to the ear. She thought for a moment that it was the sun. But she turned and saw that the sun was in the west, where it should be. This thing that shone so brightly was something else.
Mig stood in the field and shaded her eyes with her left hand and watched the bril- liant light draw closer and closer and closer until it revealed itself to be King Phillip and his Queen Rosemary and their daughter, the young Princess Pea.
I he royal family was surrounded by knights in shining armor and horses in shining armor. And atop each mem- ber of the royal family's head, there was a golden crown, anil they were all.
The Pea saw Mig standing and staring, and she raised a hand to her. And she waved her hand again Mig did not wave back; instead, she stood and watched. She will not wave to me. And I waved to her. She should wave back. Looking at the royal family had awakened some deep and slumbering need in her; it was as if a small candle had been lit in her interior, sparked to life by the brilliance of the king and the queen and the princess.
Mig hoped. And hope is like love Mig tried to name this strange emotion; she put a hand up to touch one of her aching cars, and she realized that the feeling she was experiencing, the hope blooming inside of her. She smiled and took her hand away from her ear. She U4 waved to the princess. But the king and the queen and che princess were by now too far awav to hear her.
Mig tried to speak of what she had seen. You ain't even worth the enormous lot I paid for you. Don't I wish every night that I had back that gocxl hen and that red tablecloth in place of you. That table- cloth was the color of blood. That hen could lay eggs like nobody's business.
I want to wear a crown. I lc took the empty kettle and put it atop his head. See my crown? I'm a king because I want to be one. I Ic laughed until he cried.
But she got one anyway Look here, said Uncle after the clout had been deliv- ered. Besides, who ever asked you what you wanted in this world, girl? Mig spent them scrubbing the kettle and tending the sheep and cleaning the hur and collecting innumerable, uncountable, extremely painful clouts to the ear. In the evening, spring or winter, summer or fall. Mig stood in the field as the sun set. And her little pony. Miggcry Sow. The king's men were sent out to deliver the grim news and to collect from the people of the Kingdom of Dor their kettles, their spoons, and their bowls.
Reader, you know exactly how and why this law came to pass, so you would not be as surprised as Uncle was when, one Sunday, a soldier of the king knocked on the door of the hut that Migand Uncle and the sheep shared and announced that soup was against the law. By royal order of King Phillip.
You will, by order of the king, never again consume soup. Nor will you think of it or talk about it. And I. It is. Please hand over your spoons, your bowls, and your kettle. Uncle grabbed hold of his beard. He let go of his beard and grabbed the hair on his head.
I am afraid, is against the law. Which will it be?
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Til take you to the castle. Where the itty- Kitty princess lives?
He clucked to the horse and tapped the reins and they rook off. I'm happy to be going," said Mig, putting a hand up and gently touching one of her cauliflower ears. Alight just as well be happy, seeing as it doesn't make a difference to anyone but you if you are or not. You no longer will be a slave. You will be a paid servant. I ler mother was dead. Her Uncle, who wasn't her uncle at all. And she wanted, more than anything in the world, to be a little princess wearing a golden crown and riding a high- stepping white horse.
Reader, do you think that it is a terrible thing to hope I4S when there is really no reason to hope at all? Or is it as rhe soldier said about happiness something that you might just as well do.
On her first day on the job as a castle servant, she was sent to deliver a spool of red thread to the princess. Here I am. And first off. I must cursy because she is the royalty" At the door to the princess's room. Mig had a sudden crisis of confidence. She stood a moment, clutching the spool of thread and muttering to herself. Srart with the cursy and finish with the thread. And Mig. Maybe, she said to herself, the princess ain't to home. Have you brought me my thread? She gathered her skirts, dropped the spool of thread, stuck a foot out.
The Pea could not help it — she laughed. She got slowly to her feet. She looked at the princess. She looked down at the floor. I cannot seem ro hold on to a spool of red rhread.
Every one I have disappears some- how. Here is my father, the king.
And Ik- is playing the guitar because that is something he loves in do and does quite well. And here is my mother, the queen, and she is earing soup because she loved soup. How old were you?
She gave Mig a quick, deep look of sympathy.
What is vour name? And I saw you once before. You passed me by on a little white horse. On my birthday, it was. But you didnt wave back. I did. I will sit on a little white horse and wear a crown and wave.
Someday, said Mig. And she gave Mig another quick, deep look, but said nothing else. Louise was waiting for her. And she gave Mig a good clout to the ear. That is already abundantly dear.
A princess? Not even at a notion as ridiculous as Miggcry Sow becoming a princess. Mig had enough to cat. And eat she did. She quickly became plump and then plumper still. She grew rounder and rounder and bigger and bigger. Only her head staved small Reader, as the teller of this tale, it is inv dutv from time to time to utter some hard and rather disagreeable truths.
That is. Because of these shortcomings. Louise was hard -pressed to find a job that Miggery Sow could effectively perform.
In quick succession. Mig failed as a lady in waiting she was caught trying on the gown of a visiting duchess , a seamstress she sewed the cloak of the riding master to her own frock and ruined both , and as a chambermaid sent to clean a room, she stood, open-mouthed and delighted, admiring the gold walls and floors and tapestries, exclaim- ing over and over again. Gor, amt it something. And while Mig was trying and failing at these many domestic chores, other important things were happening in the castle: And upstairs in the castle, the princess had met a mouse.
And the mouse had fallen in love with her. Will there be consequences' 1 You bet. Just as Migs inability to perform any job well bad its consequences. Louise sent Mig to the kitchen, where Cook had a reputation for dealing effectively with difficult help. In Cook's kitchen. Mig dropped eggshells in the pound cake batter; she scrubbed rhe kitchen floor with cooking oil instead of cleanser; she sneezed directly on the kings pork chop moments before it was to be served to him.
There's only one place left for you. The dungeon. You are being sent to the dungeon. You are to take the jailer his noonday meal. That will be your duty from now on. Must I tell you that the humans feared it. Certainly it was never far from their thoughts. In the warm months, a foul odor rose out of its dark depths and permeated the whole of the castle. And in rhe still, cold nights of winter, terrible howls issued from the dark place, as if the castle itself were weeping and moaning.
Its only the wind," the people of the castle assured each other, "nothing but the wind. And worse, there were whis- pered stones of those servant girls who had been given the job of feeding the jailer, who had gone down the stairs and into the dungeon, and who had never been seen or heard from again.
Do you believe that this will be Migs fate? I hope not. What kind of a story would this be without Mig? Listen, you cauliflower-eared fool! You take the tray of food down to the dungeon and you wait for the old man to eat the food and then you bring the tray back up.
Do you think that you can manage that? I reckon so. I take the old man the tray and he eats whats on it and then I bring the rray back up. Empty it would be. I bring the empty tray back up from the deep downs. I hey were the very same stairs, reader, that the mouse I espercaux had been pushed down the day before. Unlike the mouse, however. Mig had a light: She turned on the stairs and looked 4 hack at Cook and smiled. That cauliflower-cared, good-for-nothing fool.
I ask you? Perhaps that is because, sometimes, when Uncle was giving her a good clout to the ear. And so it was that the overwhelming stench of despair and hope- lessness and evil was not at all discernible to her.
I would be so glirterv lighthke. Miggerv Sow broke into a little song that went something like this: But in her little song, there was. Miggerv Sow.
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Mr Deep Downs! I lit dungeon was quiet, but it was not quiet in a good way. And then. Reader, if you were standing in the dungeon, you would certainly hear all of these disturbing and ominous sounds. Bur what did Miggery Sow hear? That's right. Absolutely nothing. And so she was not afraid at all. She held the tray up higher, and the candle shed its weak light on the towering pile of spoons and bowls and kettles.
I ain't never imagined there could be so many spoons in the whole wide world. Gregory presumes, have brought food for the jailer. She took a step backward. Give it here. He balanced the tray on his knees and stared at the covered plate. You are most ferocious. And then another. Mig watched him admiringly. Chiaroscuro, who was still at Migs side, did a small, deliberate jig of joy; in the light of the one candle, his dancing shadow was large and fear- some indeed. Roscuro ceased his dance.
He moved to hide beneath Migs skirts. Well, everyone has S foolish dream. Gregory, for instance, dreams of a world where soup is legal. And that rat. Gregory is sure, has some foolish dream, too. Gregory said nothing more. Instead, he reached into his pocket and then held his napkin up to his face and sneezed into it. Gregory whispered.
And then he balled the napkin up and placed it on the tray. I'hcn the tray goes back upstairs. Cook says it must. You rake the tray to the deep downs, you wait for the old man to cat. The time is now and your rope must break. No nib-mb-mbbling this time, rather a serious chew that will break it in two. Revenge is at hand.
May I detain you for a moment? Mig looked to her left and then to her right. And didn't the old man just warn me of such? She held the tray up higher so that the light from the candle shone directly on Roscuro and the golden spoon on his head and the hlood-rcd cloak around his neck.
As he talked, he reached behind his back and. He traded me for it. That is a terrible story, a tragic story. That great, unusual, portentous thing is ibis: Roscuro's voice was pitched perfectly to make its way through the tortuous path of Mig's broken-down, cauli- flower ears. I hat is to say. Miggcry Sow heard, perfect and true, every single word the rat Roscuro uttered.
Friends call me Roscuro. I do nor want to appear too forward so calls in out acquaintance, hut may I inquire am I right m ascertaining diat you have aspirations?
None at all. As you can hear me. We two arc per- fectly suited, each to the other. I believe that there is a way to make that dream come true. Your Highness.
And he swept the spoon off his head and bowed deeply at the waist.
May I illustrate for you how we can make your dream of becoming a princess a real- ity? So passionately did Roscuro speak and so intently did the serving girl listen that neither noticed as the napkin on the tray moved. Nor did they hear the small mouselike noises of disbe- lief and outrage that issued from the napkin as Roscuro went on unfolding, step by step, his diabolical plan to bring the princess to darkness. J "Back to the light. And then Mig, after her conversa- tion with Roscuro.
You must clear it. She reached over and took hold of the napkin and gave it a good shake, and Dcspcreaux rumbled out of the napkin and landed right directly, plop, in a measuring cup full of oil. And she stuck her hand i 11 to the oil and pulled him out by his tail.
W n g and coughing and blinking at the bright light, could have wept with joy ar his rescue. But he was nor given tunc to cry. Holding Dcspcreaux by the tail, she went to get the kitchen knife. But the mouse tail, covered as it was in oil. Mig looked down at the little bundle of brown fur "Gor. If they re dead, kill them. That way you can be cer- tain of having yourself a dead mouse, which is the only kind of mouse to have.
The after- noon sun was shining through the large kitchen window. I le had time to think how miraculous the light was and then it disappeared and Mig's face loomed into view. She studied him.
Hewas staring at the sun reflecting off his mother's mirror. The light wasshining onto the ceiling in an oval of brilliance, and he was smiling upat the sight.
They are such the disappointment. They are hard on mybeauty. They ruin, for me, my looks. This is the last one. No more. He can't live. Not with his eyes open like that.
This is his story. The April sun, weak butdetermined, shone through a castle window and from there squeezed itselfthrough a small hole in the wall and placed one golden finger on thelittle mouse. The other, older mice children gathered around to stare at Despereaux. Pa, his eyesare open. They shouldn't be open. Despereaux's eyes should not have been open. But they were. Hewas staring at the sun reflecting off his mother's mirror. The light wasshining onto the ceiling in an oval of brilliance, and he was smiling upat the sight.
They are such the disappointment. They are hard on mybeauty.I he soup was a masterwork. I did. Evil, hisoncrs.
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