The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweeper
There was a very old cupboard in a living room.
Various patterns were carved on the cupboard, oneof them in the middle, was a man with a strangelook;
he had goat’s legs, a small horn on his head and along beard on his chin.
The children who used to come in and out the room called him ‘Goat Leg Billy’.
Goat Leg Billy was always looking down at a desk under a mirror.
There was a lovely shepherdess made of china on the desk.
The Shepherdess was holding a stick and wearing gold shoes and a skirt with red roseornaments.
She was also wearing a pretty golden hat.
She was very beautiful.
Right next to her, there was a Chimney Sweeper made of china with a cute and flushed face,and he was holding a ladder.
They were engaged because both were close to each other, made of china and they matchedeach other very well as a good couple.
There was another doll made of china, and this big old Chinese guy was three times bigger thanthe others.
He could nod his head up and down, and he insisted that only he had the right to makedecisions about the Shepherdess.
One day, Goat Leg Billy asked him to be allowed to get married with the Shepherdess, theChinese doll nodded his head and said yes.
“Now you are going to get married.
Your groom is made of mahogany, and his drawer is full of silver plates.
Tonight, when the old cupboard makes a creaking sound, you two have to get married.
The old Chinese doll said this to the Shepherdess and fell asleep.
The Shepherdess cried and looked at her beloved Chimney Sweeper.
“I don’t want to go to the dark cupboard. Let’s go to the outside world with me!”