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and the Mask
In another version,
there is a rather mean and fierce King who wishes to be loved by his people.
His Adviser makes him wear a smiling Mask for a year, during which time a remarkable transformation occurs and the people grow to love him dearly.
Thinking he is living a lie,
and now wishing to be honest,
he removes the mask
and gets a similar surprise.
This is the version in my book,
I shared this tale at the Tanah Merah Prison, where it was very well received by the inmates. They understood that the pathway to change is clear:
it all depends on how
you treat other people.
Adapting the story for story-
I used this story as the key tale in The Fourth Question (Esplanade FYI season 2011) with Gophi Nathan playing the Thief and Gillian Tan & I playing everything else.
In fact, Gophi mimed the Thief’s mask -