Tetzel's Pretzels Script

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Script: Tetzel’s Pretzels and Other Items from His Catholic Kiosk This script takes place in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. The Roman Catholic Church wanted to earn money to complete the building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. This script shows the work of Tetzel, the great mouthpiece, commissioner, and seller of indulgences in Germany. People all around the town came to see him, curious to see what he was up to. And maybe even fall into his trap. Narrator: We begin with Johann Tetzel, setting up shop to sell indulgences and delicious pretzels. Tetzel: What a beautiful day! So many people around! Hopefully, I can sell all of these… *clears throat* PRETZELS AND INDULGENCES! PRETZELS AND INDULGENCES! GET YOUR SINS FORGIVEN WITH A FREE COMPLEMENTARY PRETZEL! YOUR CHOICE OF EITHER LIGHTLY SALTED OR EXTRA SALTED. Starting at 5 euros! Oh! You!…show more content…
Tetzel: Why, indulgences will forgive your sins, and forgive the sins of others. They can get a soul out of purgatory, and even forgive you of future sins (he says quietly) for a small price . . . Regular: Mr. Tetzel, I have never heard of purgatory. Tetzel: Purgatory is a temporary place of punishment where souls bound for heaven must go after death to atone for unconfessed sins they have not done enough penance for. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to go there for being stingy with your money (reaches out his hand greedily). Regular: Oh please, sir, take it (holds out the money a little frightened) Thank you, sir! Tetzel: *loudly* Don’t thank me! Thank the grace of God! Who has given us a loophole for salvation! *Regular
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