Tzarevnas of the Underground Kingdom
stone did not look at all heavy and
Gregory began to feel a little braver.
'I'll soon have that out of the way!'
he shouted as he set to trying to lift
the stone. He pulled and pulled, but
the stone would not budge.
to worry, he told the dragon, 'I'm
just going about it the wrong way
- it has to be pushed aside.' Puffing
and panting, his head throbbing and
sweat dripping into his eyes, he puffed
and panted over the stone until he
was close to collapsing.
dragon told him:'I'm
afraid you have failed the test. You
will not find a wife.'
Feeling a bit glum that he had failed
the test, although on the other hand
also relieved that he did not have to
marry, Gregory made his way back home
and told his parents what had happened.
They were disappointed, although they
did not like to say it.
A few days later they decided to send
their second son, Misha, out to find
a wife. Now Misha felt just the same
as Gregory: he was more than happy to
stay at home and take life easy. But
he knew he had to go.
And exactly the same thing happened
to him. He met the same dragon on the
road, well perhaps it was a different
one: at any rate it said it would put
him to the test. He came home with
tears in his eyes
(an onion helped) and told his parents
that he could not move the stone either.
'Poor, little Misha!' they
said, (although he was taller than they
know you did your best!'
they were as disappointed as before,
they tried hard not to show it. That
evening when the boys were in bed, the
parents discussed what to do.
can't possibly send Ivan out to look
for a wife, he never does anything right!'
he's good for is huddling over the stove
and eating sunflower seeds all day!
Why it could even be dangerous - the
dragon might become angry and kill him!'