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Thirty-second Evening

Thirty-second Evening

The wind was stormy and cold; the clouds flew swiftly by. Only for a moment at a time could I see the Moon. “I looked down through the silent sky at the drifting clouds,” he said. “I see the great shadows chase across the earth.” Recently I looked down on a prison, outside of which […]

01Mar
2012
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Thirty-first Evening

Thirty-first Evening

“It occurred in a little provincial town,” said the Moon; “it was last year that I saw it, but that doesn’t matter, for I saw it very clearly. Tonight I read about it in the newspaper, but there it was not nearly so clearly told. The owner of a dancing bear was tied up behind […]

01Mar
2012
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Thirtieth Evening

Thirtieth Evening

“Close by the highway,” said the Moon, “stands an inn, and opposite it is a large wagon shed, the roof of which was being thatched. I looked down between the rafters and through the open loft shutters into the dismal shed. The turkey cock was asleep on a beam, and a saddle lay in the […]

01Mar
2012
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Thirteenth Evening

Thirteenth Evening

“I looked in through the window of a newspaper editor,” said the Moon. “It was somewhere in Germany. It was a handsomely furnished room, with many books and a chaos of newspapers. There were several young men present. The editor himself stood beside his desk; two little books, both by unknown authors, were to be […]

01Mar
2012
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Third Evening

Third Evening

“In the narrow lane close by – it is so narrow that my rays can slide down the walls of the houses for only a moment, and yet in that moment I see enough to understand the little world stirring below – I saw a woman. Sixteen years ago she was a child, and out […]

01Mar
2012
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There is a Difference

There is a Difference

It was in the month of May. The wind was still cold, but spring had come, said the trees and the bushes, the fields and the meadows. Everywhere flowers were budding into blossom; even the hedges were alive with them. Here spring spoke about herself; it spoke from a little apple tree, from which hung […]

01Mar
2012
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Tenth Evening

Tenth Evening

“I once knew an old maid,” said the Moon. “Every winter she wore a coat of yellow satin trimmed with fur, which always seemed new, and was always her only fashion. Every summer she wore the same straw hat, and, I believe, the same gray-blue gown. She left her home only to visit an old […]

01Mar
2012
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The Teapot

The Teapot

There was a proud Teapot, proud of being made of porcelain, proud of its long spout and its broad handle. It had something in front of it and behind it; the spout was in front, and the handle behind, and that was what it talked about. But it didn’t mention its lid, for it was […]

01Mar
2012
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The Talisman

The Talisman

A Prince and a Princess were still celebrating their honeymoon. They were extremely happy; only one thought disturbed them, and that was how to retain their present happiness. For that reason they wished to own a talisman with which to protect themselves against any unhappiness in their marriage. Now, they had often been told about […]

01Mar
2012
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The Swineherd

The Swineherd

Once there was a poor Prince. He had a kingdom; it was very tiny. Still it was large enough to marry upon, and on marriage his heart was set. Now it was certainly rather bold of him to say, “Will you have me?” to the Emperor’s own daughter. But he did, for his name was […]