Hans Christian Andersen

When the wind sweeps across a field of grass it makes little ripples in it like a lake; in a field of corn it makes great waves like the sea itself: this is the wind's frolic. Then listen to the stories it tells; it sings them aloud, one kind of song among the trees of the forest, and a very different one when it is pent up within walls with all their cracks and crannies. »
A large star beams in the dawn of morning in the red sky - the clearest star of the morning ... »
Many years ago there was an Emperor, who was so excessively fond of new clothes that he spent all his money... »
Hans Christian Andersen, also known as simply H. C. Andersen was a Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales. Among his best-known stories are "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Snow Queen", "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Little Match Girl", "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Red Shoes". »
Out in the woods stood a nice little Fir Tree. The place he had was a very good one: the sun shone on him ... »
In China, as you know, the Emperor is a Chinaman, and all the people around him are Chinamen too ... »
Let us visit Switzerland and look around us in the glorious country of mountains, where the forest rises out of steep rocky walls; let us ascend to the dazzling snow-fields, and thence descend to the green plains, where the rivulets and brooks hasten away, foaming up, as if they feared not to vanish, as they reached the sea. »
Most terribly cold it was; it snowed, and was nearly quite dark, and evening-- the last evening of the year ... »
It is in the hot lands that the sun burns, sure enough! there the people become quite a mahogany brown ... »
A Flea, a Grasshopper, and a Leap-frog once wanted to see which could jump highest ... »
There was once a king's son; nobody had so many or such beautiful books as he had. He could read about everything which had ever happened in this world, and see it all represented in the most beautiful pictures. »
Once upon a time there was a little boy who had taken cold. He had gone out and got his feet wet ... »
A hedge of hazel-nut bushes encircled the garden; without was field and... »
There was once a fine gentleman, all of whose moveables were a boot-jack and a hair-comb: but he had the finest false collars ... »
In the street, up there, was an old, a very old house - it was almost three hundred years old ... »
A mother sat there with her little child. She was so downcast, so afraid that it should die ... »
Really, the largest green leaf in this country is a dock-leaf; if one holds it before one, it is like a whole apron ... »
Far out at sea the water is as blue as the bluest cornflower, and as clear as the clearest crystal ... »
There was once a poor Prince, who had a kingdom. His kingdom was very small ... »
Every author has some peculiarity in his descriptions or in his style of writing ... »
There was once a little girl who was very pretty and delicate, but in summer she was forced to run about with bare feet, she was so poor, and in winter wear very large wooden shoes, which made her little insteps quite red, and that looked so dangerous! »
The butterfly wished to procure a bride for himself—of course, one of the flowers—a pretty little one ... »
There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but then she must be a real Princess ... »
People said "The Evening Bell is sounding, the sun is setting." For a strange wondrous tone was heard ... »
Along time ago, there lived an old poet, a thoroughly kind old poet. As he was sitting one evening in his room ... »
Now we are about to begin, and you must attend; and when we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now about a very wicked hobgoblin. He was one of the worst kind; in fact he was a real demon. »
Ah! yes, that was little Tuk: in reality his name was not Tuk, but that was what he called himself ... »

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