Folktale About the Insoluble Project
Our story starts on a nice day
somewhere in the middle of the world in a twenty-first century school
where adults were forced to learn the science of English and essay
writing. In the English class the teacher, who was a really friendly,
accurate but a little talkative man, read a folktale to the students about
the Tsar and the Maiden.
In the tale, the Tsar gave
impossible challenges to the Maiden but she worked out all smartly.
Finally, the Tsar married her because she was ingenious. Everybody loved
that story in the class, and then the teacher said, “I want you to do a
writing assignment similar to the story about the Tsar and the Maiden,”
then he continued, “Your story have to be with modern settings.” The
students acknowledged that, and they went home.
Among the diligent students was one who always suffered from writing
but believed that she would be experienced sometime. The next day, she
tried to find a good idea for her assignment. She spent a couple of hours
on thinking and tried to make a story up. She considered different topics
like computer, spaceship, supersonic aircraft, nuclear submarine and gene
technology but unfortunately she could not cook up any tale.
“I have to do my homework,” she muttered, “but I have absolutely no
idea about what.”
A day after, she decided to get help from her sister who is a really
good storyteller, knows lots of jokes and loves watching cartoons. From
that minute they were doing brainstorming together but without success.
Once, somebody knocked on the door. A friend came to visit. The sisters
were happy for him and asked his help with the assignment. After several
attempts he said desperately: “It is impossible!”
“What did you just say?” asked him the student.
“It is impossible!” repeated the friend fretfully.
“Thank you!” said the student happily, “You just saved me. It is a
really good idea.”
“What?” they wondered, “What is a good idea? We didn’t conceive
“Yes you do.” said the student, “I am going to write an assignment
about our struggle. The teacher identical with the Tsar, I am the Maiden
and the impossible task is the story with modern settings.”
“What a comical idea!” replied the friend, “You create a story from
nothing so you outreach your teacher.”
It seemed everything is fine but one point was still missing.
“And what is going to be your price for this job?” asked the sister.
“Well, it is a good question.” replied the student.
“After all we worked really hard to come up with an idea like this.”
“Yeah, you’re right,” said the student thoughtfully, “You know, in
our Hungarian folktales, usually the hero gets half of the kingdom and the
king’s beautiful daughter to marry him.”
“Then what is on your mind?” she asked.
“I think…, if the teacher likes my answer to the modern folktale and
appreciates the effort I made, I am going to be satisfied with half of his
properties and I will propose to his son!”