Dick Whittington

Part 1: The streets are paved with gold

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Dick Whittington lives in a small house with his mother and father. They live in the country. They are very poor.

Dick loves stories. His best friend tells him a story about a big city called London.

„In London, people are very rich,“ says his friend.

„Are they?“ says Dick.

„Yes,“ says his friend. „The men are rich. The women are rich. The children are rich! The cats and dogs are rich. In London, the streets are paved with gold.“

„I want to be rich,“ says Dick, „So I’m going to London!“

Dick Whittington

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auf dem Lande the country
arm poor
reich rich
people die Menschen
streets die Straßen
gepflastert paved

Part 2: Hello London

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When he arrives in London, Dick is very tired. There are lots of people and lots of big houses. But there isn’t any gold on the streets.

Dick meets a young girl. She is thin and her dress is old and dirty. She looks very hungry.

„Please help me!“ says the girl.

„Give me some money, or some food.“

„I’m sorry!“ says Dick. „I don’t have any food or any money.“

The girl is sad. „Thanks for nothing,“ she says.

London

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ankommen to arrive
müde tired
viele lots of
treffen to meet
dünn thin
das Kleid dress
dreckig dirty
helfen to help
Ich habe nichts zu essen I don’t have any food
das Geld money
traurig sad
nichts nothing

Part 3: Dick gets a job

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Dick does not like London. It is raining and he is tired and hungry.

He sits down outside a big house. A rich man lives in the house. His name is Mr Fitzwarren.

„You look cold,“ says Mr Fitzwarren.

„Come into the kitchen and have some nice soup.“

„Thanks very much,“ says Dick. Dick eats three bowls of hot soup.

„What are you doing in London?“ asks Mr Fitzwarren.

„I want a job,“ says Dick. „And I want to be rich like you.“

Mr Fitzwarren laughs.

„I give you a job here, in my kitchen,“ says Mr Fitzwarren.

„Great,“ says Dick.

Dick likes his new job but there is a problem. His bedroom is full of rats. Hundreds and hundreds of rats!

On Friday, Mr Fitzwarren gives Dick his wages. Dick goes to the pet shop and buys a cat. She is a clever black cat with big green eyes.

„I’ll call you Puss,“ says Dick

That night, Dick sleeps well because Puss the cat frightens all the rats from his bedroom.

Dick’s cat

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die Ratten rats
die Suppe soup
die Küche kitchen
Super! Great!
das Schlafzimmer bedroom
der Lohn wages
der Haustierladen petshop
kaufen to buy
schlau clever
nennen to call
wegscheuchen to frighten away

Part 4: A ship to China

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Mr Fitzwarren is a merchant, a very good businessman. He has two children, a son called Tom and a beautiful daughter called Alice.

„Children, one of my ships is going to China tomorrow,“ says Mr Fitzwarren. „Do you want to trade anything?“

Mr Fitzwarren’s son Tom is greedy.

„Take this old mirror to China and trade it for gold,“ he says.

„Alright,“ says the Captain.

„Take these old shoes and trade them for some nice new shoes,“ says Alice.

„Alright,“ says the Captain.

Dick is sad because he does not have anything to trade. But then he has a good idea.

„Please take my cat to China. She’s the best cat in London.“

„Alright,“ says the Captain.

That night, the rats come to Dick’s bedroom again. They run around the room all night and Dick can’t sleep.

A mirror

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der Kaufmann merchant
der Geschäftsmann businessman
schön beautiful
handeln to trade
irgendetwas anything
gierig greedy
der Spiegel mirror
Alles klar! Alright!
traurig sad

Part 5: Dick is sad

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Dick is very sad. He thinks about his mother and father. He decides to go home to the country.

Dick walks until he comes to the city walls. Then he hears some church bells ringing. Dick can hear the bells saying:

„Turn again Whittington, three times

Lord Mayor of London“

The bells tell him to go back to Mr Fitzwarren’s house. Dick is amazed. He decides to go back to Mr Fitzwarren’s house.

Bells

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beschließen to decide to
city walls die Stadtmauer
die Kirchenglocken church bells
läuten to ring
dreh‘ dich nochmal um Whittington, dreifacher Bürgermeister Londons Turn again Whittington, three times Lord Mayor of London
erstaunt amazed

Part 6: The ship returns from China

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When Dick goes back to the Mr Fitzwarren’s house, the family are in the living room. The children are very excited because Mr Fitzwarren’s ship has returned from China.

„Captain, where’s my money?“ says Tom.

„I’m sorry Tom but I don’t have any money for you. They don’t like broken mirrors in China.“

Tom is sad. Alice laughs.

„Can I have my new silk shoes please Captain?“ she says.

„I’m sorry Alice,“ says the captain.

„They already have a lot of shoes in China. They don’t want to trade their nice new shoes for your old shoes!“

Alice is sad.

„Thank you captain,“ says Mr Fitzwarren.

„Wait a moment!“ says the Captain.

„Who gave me the black cat?“

„I did! Her name is Puss,“ says Dick.

„Well, I have some very good news for you. They don’t have cats in China but they have lots of rats. So now, the Chinese king has the best cat in China!“

The captain puts three big bags of gold on the table.

Now Dick is very rich. And he is married to Alice. Mr Fitzwarren is teaching Dick all about business.

And many years later, Dick gets the job of Lord Mayor of London. He gets the job of Lord Mayor of London, three times – just like the bells said.

Dick’s gold

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das Wohnzimmer living room
aufgeregt excited
zurückkehren to return
kaputt broken
lachen to laugh
die Tasche bag
er ist verheiratet mit he is married to