Puss and Boots

Puss in Boots

this version of the story was mostly written by Charles Perrault in the 1700's but the origin of the story goes back over 500 years ago!

Once upon a time there was a poor miller who had three sons. When the miller died, the first two sons greedily split up everything and left the house. They only left behind the cat for the third son. The son was cut up. He had loved his father the most and wept for him and was very blue and said, “I have nothing but this cat! I never showed my appreciation for everything my father gave me. I guess you don't miss the water till the well runs out. I cannot rely upon my father for food and clothing and a house to live in. I guess I will have to grow up and get a job. Rats this cat doesn't amount to a hill of beans. I will eat the cat and then soon, I shall die too!” Hearing this, the cat said, “Master, please try me, give me a bag full of carrots and grain and see what great wonders I can do! Please give me a coat and your boots, too!” The miller’s son gave the cat all that he asked for. Puss in Boots now set off for the jungle. He laid a trap with carrots and zip, caught a rabbit. Puss in Boots also caught a couple of partridges with the grain his master had given him. Puss in Boots then went to meet the king. He presented the partridges and rabbit to the king and said, “Your Majesty! These are gifts from my master, the Marquis of Carabas!” This was a bit of a send up because there was no Marquis of Carabas! The king was very pleased with the gifts. On his way back home, Puss in Boots passed by some fields where harvesters were working in the sun. He commanded them, “If anyone asks you whom this field belongs to, you must reply that it belongs to the Marquis of Carabas! If you do not agree, I will pull a few strings and I will get the ogre to eat you all up!” The workers were frightened of the ogre and agreed to do so. When Puss in Boots reached home, he told his master, “Master, you will be meeting the king soon! Do as I say. Get out of the house go to the river nearby and have a bath!” The man did as his cat told him to. He took off his clothes and jumped into the river. Puss in Boots immediately deep sixed all the clothes and hid behind a rock nearby. When king’s carriage passed by, the cat went up to the king and said, “Hey your Majesty! My master the Marquis of Carabas is drowning! Some hoods robbed him of his fine clothes and pushed him into this river! Please save him!” The king, on hearing this, commanded his servants, “Save the Marquis of Carabas and give him the finest clothes to wear!” They did as he told them. The cat and his master were very happy. The king gave the miller's son a lift in his carriage. Now, when the carriage went past the fields, the king stopped by and asked the workers, “To whom do these fields belong?” They replied, “The Marquis of Carabas, Your Majesty!” The king was very pleased to hear this. Puss in Boots, in the meantime, ran ahead of the king’s carriage. He went to the castle nearby where the ferocious ogre lived. The cat said to him, I have heard of your mighty powers! I have heard you can become anything you want to!” The ogre laughed and decided to show Puss in Boots all his powers. He replied, “Of course!” and instantly turned into a lion. Then the ogre became a monkey and finally became his real self. Now, the clever cat challenged, “I am sure you cannot become one of the tiniest creatures in the world! You can never become a mouse!” The ogre was mad and said, “Watch this!” and he turned into a tiny mouse. Puss in Boots quickly pounced on him and ate him up! When the king and the miller’s son reached the ogre's castle, the cat said. “Welcome, Your Majesty! This is the castle of the Marquis of Carabas!” Hearing this, the king was very pleased. He asked the miller’s son to marry his youngest and loveliest daughter. The miller’s son knew that the king’s daughter was very beautiful and agreed. Soon, they were married and lived happily ever after in the ogre's castle.

Moral of the story: Sometimes you don't know which side your bread is buttered on. (The miller's son thought that he had been left to be poor, but the cat turned out to be a wonderful gift. )

Idioms in the story:

cut up pull a few strings rats hill of beans don't miss the water till the well runs out zipa lift don't know which side your bread is buttered on hey get out hoodtry me split up send up blue grow up