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The Bird of Folklore

The Bird of Folklore

It is wintertime, and the earth is covered with a layer of snow, as smooth as if it were marble cut from a mountain. The sky is high and clear, and the wind as sharp as an elfin-forged sword; the trees stand like white coral, or resemble blooming almond branches, and the air is as […]

01Mar
2012
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The Bell Deep

The Bell Deep

“Ding-dong! Ding-dong!” rings out from the Bell Deep in the Odense River. And what sort of river is that? Why, every child in Odense Town knows it well. It flows around the foot of the gardens, from the locks to the water mill, under the wooden bridges. Yellow water lilies grow in the river, and […]

01Mar
2012
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The Bell

The Bell

In the narrow streets of the big town, toward evening when the sun was setting and the clouds shone like gold on the chimney tops, people would hear a strange sound like that of a church bell. But they heard it only for a few moments before it was lost in the rumble of city […]

01Mar
2012
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The Beetle

The Beetle

The Emperor’s horse was shod with gold – a golden shoe on each of its feet. And why was he getting golden shoes? He was a magnificent-looking animal, with slender legs, intelligent eyes, and a mane that hung down his neck like a soft veil of silk. He had carried his master through the smoke […]

01Mar
2012
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“Beautiful”

“Beautiful”

Alfred the sculptor – yes, you know him, don’t you? We all know him; he was awarded the gold medal, traveled to Italy, and came home again. He was young then; in fact, he is still young, though he is ten years older than he was at that time. After he returned home, he visited […]

01Mar
2012
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Aunty Toothache

Aunty Toothache

Where did we get this story? would you like to know? We got it from the basket that the wastepaper is thrown into. Many a good and rare book has been taken to the delicatessen store and the grocer’s, not to be read, but to be used as wrapping paper for starch and coffee, beans, […]

01Mar
2012
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Aunty

Aunty

You ought to have known Aunty; she was so lovely. And yet, to be more specific, she wasn’t lovely in the usual sense of the word, but she was sweet and charming and funny in her own way – just the type to gossip about when one is in the mood to gossip and be […]

01Mar
2012
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At the Uttermost Parts of the Sea

At the Uttermost Parts of the Sea

A couple of large ships were sent up toward the North Pole, to discover the boundaries of land and sea and how far it would be possible for the human race to penetrate in that direction. A year and a day had already passed, and with great difficulty they had traveled high up amid mist […]

01Mar
2012
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Anne Lisbeth

Anne Lisbeth

Anne Lisbeth’s complexion was like peaches and cream; her eyes were bright, her teeth shiny white; she was young, gay, and beautiful to look upon; her steps were light and her mind was even lighter. What would come of all this? “That awful brat,” people said about her baby; and indeed he wasn’t pretty, so […]

01Mar
2012
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The Angel

The Angel

Every time a good child dies, an angel of God comes down to earth. He takes the child in his arms, spreads out his great white wings, and flies with it all over the places the child loved on earth. The angel plucks a large handful of flowers, and they carry it with them up […]