Fiance each selected (and severely edited) passages from one favorite book from our childhood. His is the Little Prince –which I know others have used. Mine is from the Wizard of Oz (the books, not the movie). I have edited it to make it easier to read, and short -or at least as short as I can without losing the story.
Keeping in mind that we are both PhD professors, what do you think of the below passages?
Frank L Baum: Wizard of Oz (first reading)
“How did you happen to be here to save me? Asked the Tin Man.
“We are on our way to the Emerald City to see the Great Oz,” Dorothy answered.
“Why do you wish to see Oz?” The Tin Man asked.
“I want him to send me home, and the Scarecrow wants him to put a few brains into his head,” she replied.
“Do you suppose Oz could give me a heart?” The Tin Man asked.
“Why, I guess so,” Dorothy answered. “It would be as easy as to give the Scarecrow brains.”
“If you will allow me to join your party, I will also ask Oz to help me.”
So the Tin Man shouldered his axe and they all passed through the forest until they came to the road that was paved with yellow brick.
The Scarecrow stumbled into a hole and rolled over to the side of the road.
“Why didn’t you walk around the hole?” asked the Tin Man.
“I don’t know enough,” replied the Scarecrow cheerfully. “My head is stuffed with straw, you know.
“Oh, I see,” said the Tin Man. “But, after all, brains are not the best things in the world.”
“Have you any?” inquired the Scarecrow.
“No.” answered the Tin Man. “But once I had brains, and a heart; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart.”
“All the same,” said the Scarecrow, “I shall ask for brains for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.”
“I shall take the heart,” returned the Tin Man, “for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”
Dorothy did not say anything, for she was puzzled to know which of her two friends was right.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2nd reading)
“Hello,” said the fox.
“Who are you?” said the little prince. “You’re very pretty.”
“I’m a fox.
“Come and play with me,” invited the little prince. “I’m so sad.”
“I can’t play with you,” said the fox. “I’m not tame.”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” said the little prince. And asked: “What does ‘tame’ mean?”
“It means ‘creating a bond.’” Said the fox.
“To me, you’re just a little boy exactly like a hundred thousand other little boys. I don’t need you, and you don’t need me.
To you, I’m a fox who’s exactly like a hundred thousand other foxes. But, if you tame me, we will need each other.
To me, you’ll be absolutely unique, and to you, I’ll be absolutely unique.” If you tame me, it will bring sunshine into my life.
Please tame me.”
And so the little prince tamed the fox. And when the time came for him to leave, the fox said: “Say goodbye to me and I’ll give you the gift of a secret.”
“Goodbye,” said the little prince.
“Goodbye,” said the fox.
“This is my secret. It’s very simple. You only see clearly with your heart. The most important things are invisible to the eyes.
People have forgotten this simple truth,” said the fox. “But you mustn’t forget it. You are responsible forever for those you have tamed.
Both readings together only take a few minutes (we’ve timed them), but I am hoping for thoughts/feedback. Do you like these? Would you enjoy these as a guest? Are readers are also professors, so very experienced in public speaking.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.