THE MAGIC STORY OF SOMBREUIL
Participated by Orvieto
A long time ago, in a small
village called Sferracavallo, in
the core of Italy, there lived a
young French woman and her
daughter Sombreuil. For living,
they grew roses.
One morning, while Sombreuil is having
breakfast, some drops of tea fall in a
basket full of seeds of roses.
The little girl, for fear of being punished,
doesn't say anything to her mom. She
greets her and goes to school.
Meanwhile the woman takes the
basket with the seeds and goes
to the field to plant them. Days
and months go by and from the
Very dainty and charming roses blossom; they are white
with shades of pale pink in the middle and with a
delicious scent of tea. The woman is surprised by this
beauty without knowing how it happened.
While she admires those roses, a rich man comes on his
horse. He is the Count of Ripesena and he is stuck by the
beauty of the flowers. He goes to the woman and asks her
to sell the seeds of these wonderful flowers. To this
question the woman has no answer, but fearing to lose
this wealthy customer, she tells him to come back after
three weeks, pretending she has run out of them. The
Count, then, thanks her and rides towards his
magnificent house situated on top of a rock.
Going back home, the woman is worried and sitting on a
chair, she bursts out crying desperately.
Sombreuil, her daughter, goes and hugs her, asking what
The woman starts telling that she doesn't know how to
find the seeds of those particular roses with the scent of
tea. At that point, Sombreuil stands up and, faltering, she
tells that she accidentally spilt some tea in the basket
where the rose seeds were.
Hearing those words, her mother jumps out of the chair
and joyfully hugs and kisses the girl.
So together, the two women start to produce the
seeds of that elegant rose that they will call
When everything is ready, they decide to go and
take the seeds to the Count's house.
As they get there, they are fascinated by the
magnificence and beauty of the building.
The gate opens and there is the Count who is
surprised by the visit of the two women.
He, then, enthusiastically decides to buy all the
seeds with a remarkable sum of money and at the
same time, suggests to the mother to work for him
taking care of his gardens.
The woman accepts immediately changing her
future for ever. Every trouble disappears and for
the two women a new life begins.