Die drei Wünsche - Franz von Pocci


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Die drei Wünsche

Franz von Pocci | 1861 | Munich, Germany
Genre (as defined by the author)
Ein lehrreiches Beispiel
Die schöne Fee Zimberimbimba, Martin, Margreth, Herr Casperl
Number of acts

Here Pocci borrows his subject from a tale by Ludwig Bechstein (1801-1860), the most famous German storyteller after the Brothers Grimm. He accentuates the comical and grotesque aspects of the story through the satirical portrayal of his characters, who are as greedy as they are rude and clumsy. Pocci's play was quite successful at the beginning of the 20th century, and it was probably as much the inspiration for some of the central scenes of Franz August Rokos' play Der Schmied von Jüterbock as for Bechstein's tale.

Plot summary

The characters waste a fairy's gifts

Martin, a woodcutter, frees a fairy from an oak tree she has been trapped in for 500 years. The fairy gives him a ring that allows him to fulfil three wishes. Martin confides the secret to his wife Margreth, who tells Casperl, their neighbour. While Martin goes to ask the mayor and the priest for advice, Margreth, in conversation with Casperl, takes it upon herself to wish for a plate of sausages, even though she has the ring on her finger: her wish is immediately fulfilled. Seeing this, Martin retrieves the ring and, in his anger, vows that his wife will have sausages hanging from her nose. The wish comes true and the two men are no longer able to amputate Margreth's sausage appendages: all they can do is wish them away, and the gift of the three wishes is wasted.

Related works
Neues deutsches Märchenbuch1856
Composition date

First performance

Munich, Germany,

Münchner Marionettentheater

Publications and translations


Franz Pocci: Lustiges Komödienbüchlein, zweites Bändchen, München, J.J. Lentner, 1861

Modern edition

Franz von Pocci: Lustiges Komödienbüchlein 2, "Editio Monacensia", hrsg. von Ulrich Dittman und Manfred Nöbel, München, Allitera Verlag, 2007

Literary tones
Fantasy, Burlesque, Humorous, Grotesque
Animations techniques
String marionette
Young audiences
Public domain


Theatrical techniques


Written by

Jean Boutan