Tale about the king Škrábal or about Ivan Krasopisec Hugo Vavrečka
In March 1945, Hugo Vavrečka wrote a tale about King Škrábal or Ivan Krasopisec to his grandson Ivan M. Havel. Shortly afterwards, the text was swallowed up by the whirl of post-war events, and so it reaches its addressee (and all the other curious readers) only now - after more than seventy years.
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Nevertheless, his message is still current and alive: “… Cold sweat rose on his forehead, and his knees began to tremble, as he realized, that he really could not even write words clearly. The assembly was silent, and only the creak of chalk writing on the board could be heard. The king's throat tightened and tears came to his eyes; he was sorry that now, at the end of the exam, that had been going so well so far, he showed his incompetence in such a simple subject as writing! With the greatest effort, he finished the last few words which people usually write on postcards; he also wrote an address to a foreign king, but it was very much askew. The king saw that what he wrote on the board was a terrible scribble, he, the future king of this country! Embarassed, he blushed with shame and staggered back to the student throne with his eyes downcast. Along the way, he heard the assembly members whispering to each other, 'scrabbling,' while nodding their heads."