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Madam Elly Learns A Lesson
 
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Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 

Major Feathers came back from the hunt.
His hounds had followed Smut Fada because the little pig in the red jacket looked like a fox.
The hunters had to pay Owen for chasing away his talking pig.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
When Major Feathers told his wife Madam Elly what had happened, she was very angry.
"You have chased away my lovely talking pig. How could you be so stupid?
I will miss Smut Fada terribly, this is awful."
Then she started to cry.
 
Major Feathers begged Elly not to cry and said that he would buy her something nice to cheer her up.
"There is a lovely golden crown in the jewellery shop in the town," said Elly with greed in her eyes.
"I would like to have it to wear to the party in Lord Larry's mansion on Saturday evening."
"You have heaps of jewellery in your jewellery box, Elly," said Major Feathers, "you do not need any more."
"I must have that golden crown," said Elly loudly. "If you do not get it for me, I will keep on crying and crying."
 
Major Feathers knew that Elly was a very grumpy woman so he got on his horse and rode into the town.
He bought the golden crown in the jewellery shop even though it was very expensive.
He hurried back and gave it to Elly.
 
When Elly saw the golden crown she was delighted.
She held it up and kissed it before putting it on her head.
"I now look like a queen," she said and walked proudly around the house telling the servants to bow before her!
 
On Saturday Elly was very excited and could not wait for Lord Larry's party.
She took out all her jewellery and the golden crown, telling the servants,
"I will be the most beautiful person at the party."
Major Feathers said: "Elly, why don't you go for a walk in the wood and when you come back, it will be time for the party?"
 
Elly walked through the wood, thinking of the party and her golden crown.
Suddenly she heard a little cry of pain.
When she looked behind a bush she saw a little elf with his foot caught under a log of wood.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
"Please help me," cried the elf, "I cannot move."
"I'll help you only if you grant me a wish," said Elly.
"I will grant you a wish" replied the elf, "but please hurry up."
 
Elly pushed the log of wood off the elf and then grabbed him tightly in her hands.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
"My wish is that anything I kiss will turn into a lovely piece of jewellery." said Elly.
"Please do not wish for that," said the elf, "you will regret it."
"No, I will not regret it, you little scut." said Elly and she shook him and squeezed him very hard.
"Your wish is granted." said the elf and Ellie let him go.
The elf walked away shaking his head.
Then Elly went back to her house and got ready for the party.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
Major Feathers and Elly went in their horse-drawn carriage to Lord Larry's mansion. She proudly wore the golden crown on her head.
 
When they entered the mansion, Elly said to Major Feathers: "I hope everyone here is jealous of my lovely golden crown."
When she met the other guests she stuck her nose up in the air!
After a while everyone sat down to eat the lovely dinner that was served by the servants.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
The first course was chicken soup.
When Elly put the soup spoon to her lips it immediately changed into a pearl necklace!
 
Elly was amazed, but when the other guests looked at her she said,
"I can do magic tricks. I bet you would like to have this." and she proudly held up the necklace for everyone to see.
 
When the roast beef was served, Elly put some of it to her lips.
It changed immediately into a lovely broach!
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
"I bet you would like to have this." Elly said to the others and she proudly held up the broach for everyone to see.
When the apple pie and cream were served, Elly touched it with her lips.
It changed immediately into a pair of diamond ear-rings!
"I bet you would like to have these." Elly said to the others and she proudly held up the diamond ear-rings for everyone to see.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
When the tea was served and Elly touched it to her lips, it changed immediately into a gold ring!
"I bet you would like to have this." Elly said to the others and she proudly held up the gold ring for everyone to see.
 
After a while Elly realised that she had eaten nothing and that everything she wanted to eat would turn into jewellery!!
This frightened her and she said to Major Feathers, "Take me home now,I want to get away from these horrible people!"
 
When they arrived home, Elly went to her room and asked her servant Brian to bring her some tea and cake.
When she touched the tea and cake with her lips they changed into pieces of jewellery.
Elly screamed so loudly that everyone in the house became afraid of her.
 
All the next day Elly stayed in her room roaring and wailing.
She got more and more hungry and she was very frightened.
Major Feathers got tired of listening to her and went out walking with his dogs.
 
When Major Feathers returned, he had Doctor Paul with him.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
The doctor gave Ellie a bottle of medicine but when she put it to her lips, it turned into a diamond tiara!
Elly grabbed the tiara and threw it out the window!
She cried bitterly all day.
 
The next day Elly called her servant Brian and asked him what she should do.
"Go and see the Wise Old Man Diarmaid and ask him for advice Madam Elly." said Brian.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
Elly walked to Old Diarmaid's home.
When he saw her coming, Diarmaid said to her:
"I know from the way you walk that you are a proud and rude woman. If you lose your pride, your problem will go away."
 
Elly listened eagerly while Diarmaid told her exactly what she had to do.
Then she walked back to her house.
Following Diarmaid's instructions, she got a big bag and filled it with all her lovely jewellery.
She then set out for the places where the poor people lived.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
Elly first came to a little cottage where a little boy and girl were playing outside. Their clothes were tatty and torn and they told Elly that their names were Katie and David.
Their Mammy and Daddy came out and invited Elly in for something to eat.
When Elly went into the house she saw that their dinner was only bread and milk.
"Have you not got better food than that?" asked Elly.
The Daddy told her, "Madam, I am just a poor farmer and I have to pay high rent to Major Feathers. Bread and milk are all we can afford."
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 
Elly felt sorry for them and said, "I will tell Major Feathers to reduce the rent to half of what it is. I want you to take this to the town and sell it so that you will not be short of money."
Elly gave the family a lovely gold bangle and left.
 
Then Elly went to another cottage with five children.
Their clothes were old and worn but they played together without fighting.
Elly knew that their Daddy paid rent to Major Feathers and she told them,
"Your rent is now half of what it was. When you go into the town, sell this and buy nice things for your lovely family."
Elly then handed the man a gold ring, and she began to feel happy.
 
Elly went from cottage to cottage telling all the people that their rent was now only half of what it was. She gave every family a valuable piece of jewellery.
She started to feel better and better.
 
At the end of the day Elly had given away all her jewellery.
She walked home full of joy.
In her house she asked her servant Brian to join her for a little meal in the kitchen.
When she put the slice of bread and jam to her lips, she was able to eat it normally.
"Your problem with the jewellery is cured, Madam Elly" said Brian.
"Please call me Elly," she told him, "and my problem of pride and selfishness is cured too!"
 
Elly was a lovely person from that day on.
 
Children's Story: Madam Elly Learns A Lesson by Martin Gleeson
 

 


 
 
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About Martin
 
Martin is now a retired College Lecturer who enjoys writing and foreign travel with his wife, he occasionally writes for magazines.
 
While Martin's five children were growing up, he and his wife Carmel loved to tell the children stories.
 
Two of these special stories were Smut Fada (means long snout) and The Three Pats.
 
When Martin's grandchild Katie wanted to hear some stories, Martin sat down to write the spin-off stories.
 
Credit is due to Martin's eldest son Rory who provides story illustrations (Smut Fada).
 
Martin's youngest son Barry, was the original inspiration for boy called Barry in The Three Pats story, Barry now gives Martin technical help with his computer.
 
Martin's Stories
 
Here's a list of just some of Martin's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
 
Major Feathers And Silver
Smut Fada Book 1 Tales From Ireland
Smut Fada finds a home
Madam Elly learns a lesson
Major Feathers and Silver
Norah and Snowy
Owen Catches a Thief
The Three Pats
Barry and the Pirates
Barry and the Wicked Dogs
Barry helps a Farmer
Barry helps a sick girl
Barry saves the village girls

 
 
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