"The Storyteller" The Soldier and Death (TV Episode 1988) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Because of kind acts toward three beggars, an honest soldier returning from war is given a magical sack, an unbeatable deck of cards, a ruby whistle and a comparable dance, which he uses to save a kingdom and to foil Death.

  • An honest soldier receives a ruby whistle, a comparable dance, an unbeatable deck of cards, and a magic sack for being kind to three beggars. He defeats a bunch of devils by playing cards and catches them in his sack when they refuse to pay up. Years later, the last devil pays his debt by showing the soldier a way to tell if sick people have a chance of recovering or not. After a successful career as a miracle doctor, the soldier manages to trick Death himself and trap him in his sack. From then on nobody died. But people are not meant to live forever, so soon tired old men and women beg the soldier to set Death free and put things right. However, Death refuses to take the soldier, dooming him to roam the Earth forever.


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