Description of Figure/Doll

Hungarian female doll in national costume. On her head, she has the traditional headdress of a married woman, which consists of large colorful pompoms in her culture. Her costume includes a floral dress with puffy sleeves and lace trim. She is also wearing the traditional embroidered black apron. Her print skirt is trimmed in red, white, and green, the colors of the Hungarian flag. The doll’s head and extremities are ceramic, and she has a stuffed fabric torso. Tag says: “Made in Hungary. Folk art doll.”

Hungary

Location: Europe

Capital: Budapest

Main language: Hungarian

Currency: Forint

Figure/Doll

Construction: porcelain

Height in Centimeters: 15

Height in Inches: 6

An Hungarian Folk Tale: It's Not True

Reading Level: 4.60

My name is Emma Orczy. I am also known as Baroness Orczy because my father was a Baron. I was born in Tarnaƶrs, Hungary, in 1865. Then my family lived in Budapest for a few years. We were very proud of our Hungarian heritage, and often dressed in traditional Hungarian costumes. We also enjoyed Hungarian goulash for many meals.

When I was older, I married a nice man and lived in France. We didn’t have much money so we translated some of the very old Hungarian folk tales into French and English. Here’s one of my favorite folk stories, called “It’s Not True.”

  Once upon a time there was a Hungarian princess who was very beautiful. One day she announced that she would only marry the man who could tell her father, the king, a story which he could not believe. Now, in a village there dwelt a poor young peasant, who, hearing of this proclamation, went up to the king’s palace, and loudly knocking at the gates demanded an audience of His Majesty.

  The king knew very well what the young fellow wanted, as by that time many princes and knights had come on the same errand, in the hope of winning the beautiful princess, but they had all failed. So John, the young peasant was admitted to the royal presence.

  “Good morning, your Majesty,” John said.

  “Good morning, my lad. Well, what do you want?” asked the king, kindly.

  “So please, your Majesty, I want a wife.”

  “Very good, lad; but what would you keep her on?”

  “Oh! I dare say I could manage to keep her pretty comfortably. My father has a pig. A wonderful pig, your Majesty; he has kept my father, my mother, seven sisters, and myself, for the last twenty years.”

  “Indeed!” said the king.

  “He gives us as good a quart of milk every morning as any cow.”

  “Indeed!” said the king.

  “Yes, your Majesty, and lays most delicious eggs for our breakfast.”

  “Indeed!” said the king.

  “And every day my mother cuts a nice bit of bacon out of his side, and every night it grows together again.”

  “Indeed!” said the king.

  “The other day this pig disappeared, my mother looked for him high and low, he was nowhere to be seen.”

  “That was very sad,” said the king.

  “Finally, she found him in the larder, catching mice.”

  “A very useful pig!” said the king.

  “Yes, your Majesty, and he pays all the bills out of the gold he picks up on the road.”

  “A very precious pig,” said the king.

  “Lately he has seemed unruly, and rather out of sorts.”

  “That’s very sad!” said the king.

  “He has refused to go where he is told, and won’t allow my mother to have any more bacon from his side. Besides which, your Majesty, he is growing rather blind, and can’t see where he is going.”

  “He should be led,” said the king.

  “Yes, your Majesty, that is why my father has just engaged your father to look after him.”

  “That’s not true,” yelled the king . . . then suddenly he remembered his daughter’s promise. So he was obliged to allow the princess to marry the peasant’s son, but this he never regretted, for the peasant’s son became a most clever and amiable young prince, and lived happily with his bride and his father-in-law for very many years. Years after, when John became the king, all his people declared they had never had so wise a ruler. Then it was that he romanced no longer but was always believed and respected.


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