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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)
- TITLE: The Perfect Queen
By Christopher Dawson
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“Hail Father. I see my news has brought a happy countenance unto the palace and a smile to your face.”
“It shows that easily. Why good. Good indeed. I am happy my son. You have made a wonderful choice. Young Jasmine will make a perfect wife and someday a perfect queen to rival your mother, I suppose.”
“Now Father, do not let your perpetual sorrow at my mother’s passing dampen the spirit of the moment. Let’s take the cups the servant brings even now and drink a toast to Jasmine, my wife and queen to be.”
“Hear, hear, I bid your wish be granted. Drink hearty my son.”
“What ferment is this, Father? The liquid in the cup looks like liquid…well…like liquid gold.”
“It is my son, from golden grapes. The royal vintner has just perfected the harvest of them. What was once thought impossible, not unlike your taking of a wife, is now so. Gold dust combined with seed. Now drink and tell me what you think.”
Both men swilled the cup and threw it back, but the son’s lips did not part. The vintner, Jasmine’s cousin, at her instruction, and with the knowledge of the prince, had made the vintage with the dust of Satan. There is no such thing as a golden grape. There is no such thing as perfection in a woman…or man. The king is dead and Jasmine will now soon be the perfect queen.
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