It has been too long since I have posted a fairy tale. This one has been spinning around in my head for the past month. I'm glad that I finally got it cut.
This is a scene from the fairy tale, "The Donkey, the Table and the Stick". In this story, a son (or three sons in some versions) leaves home to prove to his father that he is good for something. He works for a year and receives a magic donkey as his wages. On his way home, he stops at an inn and shows the innkeeper his magic donkey. The innkeeper is so impressed that he switches the magic donkey for a normal one. Unknowingly, the son takes the wrong donkey home to show his father only to make a fool of himself when the donkey does not produce magic coins. Then the son works for another year and is paid with a magic table that food appears on when the right words are said. The same thing happens to the table that happened to the donkey at the inn, and again the son fails to impress his father with his business success. The third year of working is rewarded with a magic stick that will wack anyone that the son tells it to. He uses the stick on the innkeeper who gives the son back his magic donkey and table. The son comes home in triumph to finally prove to his father his worth.
The paper cut is illustrating the moment that the son is showing off his magic table that is supposed to be covered with food, only to find out that once again he has been tricked. His father isn't very impressed. The mice were hoping for a better performance, too.