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Twentieth Evening

Twentieth Evening

“I come from Rome,” the Moon said. “There on one of the seven hills in the middle of the city are the ruins of the Emperor’s palace. The wild fig tree grows in the breaches of the wall, and covers its bareness with broad, gray-green leaves. The donkey treads on the green laurels and enjoys […]

01Mar
2012
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Twelve by the Mail

Twelve by the Mail

It was very frosty, starry clear weather, quiet and calm. Bump! A pot was thrown against a door. Bang! Fireworks were shot off to welcome the new year, for it was New Year’s Eve; and now the clock struck twelve! Trateratra! There came the mail. The big mail coach stopped outside the gate to the […]

01Mar
2012
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Twelfth Evening

Twelfth Evening

“I shall give you a picture of Pompeii, said the Moon. “I was outside the city, in the Street of the Tombs, as they call the place where happy youths, with wreaths of roses on their heads, once danced with the fair sisters of Lais. Now the silence of death reigns there. “German soldiers, in […]

01Mar
2012
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The Traveling Companion

The Traveling Companion

Poor john was greatly troubled, because his father was very ill and could not recover. Except for these two, there was no one in their small room. The lamp on the table had almost burned out, for it was quite late at night. You have been a good son, John,” his dying father said, “and […]

01Mar
2012
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The Toad

The Toad

The well was deep, and therefore the rope was long; the wheel went around with difficulty when the waterfilled bucket had to be pulled up over the side of the well. The sun could never mirror itself down in the water, no matter how brightly it shone; but as far down as its rays penetrated, […]

01Mar
2012
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Thumbelina

Thumbelina

There once was a woman who wanted so very much to have a tiny little child, but she did not know where to find one. So she went to an old witch, and she said: “I have set my heart upon having a tiny little child. Please could you tell me where I can find […]

01Mar
2012
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Thousands of Years from Now

Thousands of Years from Now

Yes, thousands of years from now men will fly on wings of steam through the air, across the ocean. The young inhabitants of America will visit old Europe. They will come to see the monuments and the great cities, which will then lie in ruins, just as we in our time make pilgrimages to the […]

01Mar
2012
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The Thorny Road of Honor

The Thorny Road of Honor

There is an old fairy tale: “The Thorny Road of Honor was trodden by a marksman named Bryde, to whom came great honor and dignity, but not until after manifold adversities and peril of life.” More than one of us had heard that tale in childhood, and perhaps read it in later years, and thought […]

01Mar
2012
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This Fable is Intended for You

This Fable is Intended for You

Wise men of ancient times ingeniously discovered how to tell people the truth without being blunt to their faces. You see, they held a magic mirror before the people, in which all sorts of animals and various wondrous things appeared, producing amusing as well as instructive pictures. They called these fables, and whatever wise or […]

01Mar
2012
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Thirty-third Evening

Thirty-third Evening

“I am very fond of children,” said the Moon, “especially the little ones, who are so amusing. When they are not thinking of me at all, I peep into the room, between the curtain and the window frame. I like to watch them dressing and undressing. First the round, naked little shoulder comes creeping out […]