Story The Pied Piper Of Hamelin
|Story The Pied Piper Of Hamelin|
The Mayor of Hamelin, a prosperous town in Germany, took pride in his rank because he believed that he governed the town best. He thought that under him the people were happy and the town was peaceful. But the peace of the town was disturbed when the town was infested with rats. People could not live their normal lives. They wanted to get rid of the vile rats as soon as possible. Thus one day, they went to the Mayor of the town and demanded his resignation. To save his chair and to rid the town of this pestilence, the Mayor declared a handsome prize for whoever would be able to kill the rats of the town.
One day a Piper dressed in a long coat, half-yellow and half-red came to the Mayor. The Pied Piper said to the Mayor, “I’ll do that; but you must first assure that you’ll give me the declared reward in the end. Remember what you’ve promised.” The Mayor promptly agreed.
The Pied Piper then came out on the street of Hamelin. He began to play a strange tune on his pipe. To the utter surprise of the people of the town, innumerable rats came out of their hiding places. The Piper walked on and on playing on his pipe. The rats followed him in a long procession as if they were all hypnotized. At last they reached a river into which the rats jumped and were drowned.
The Pied Piper returned to the Mayor and demanded the promised reward. The Mayor, realising that the town was now free from the rats forever, smiled wickedly at him. He refused to give the reward. The Pied Piper got angry at his behavior and wanted to teach him a good lesson. The next day the Piper played another tune. Hearing the tune, all the children of the town rushed out at once and stood behind the Pied Piper. The Piper led the procession of the children to a mountain cave. The children walked into the cave from which none of them ever came back. Thus the Mayor’s dishonesty was responsible for the loss of all children.
Moral : Tit for tat
We should be true to our promise.
A promise should be kept.
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