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The Shoes of Fortune, and Other Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen
Binding: Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.45 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0554598965
ISBN 13: 9780554598963
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Jft'rst tor, Which treats of a Mirror and of the Splinters. 0 W, then, let us begin. When we are at the end of the story, we shall know more than we know now : but to begin. Once upon a time there was a wicked sprite, indeed he was the most mischievous of all sprites. One day he was in a very good humour, for he had made a mirror with the power of causing all that was good and beautiful when it was reflected therein to look poor and mean;but that which was good for nothing and looked ugly was shewn magnified and increased in ugliness. In this mirror the most beautiful landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the best persons were turned into frights, or appeared to stand on their heads ; their faces were so distorted that they were not to be recognised; and if any one had a mole, you might be sure that it would be magnified and spread over both nose and mouth. 'That's glorious fun !' said the Sprite. If a good thought passed through a man's mind, then a grin was seen in the mirror, and the Sprite laughed heartily at his clever discovery. All the little sprites who went to his school for he kept a sprite school told each other that a miracle had happened; and that now only, as they thought, it would be possible to see how 4he world really looked. They ran about with the mirror ; and at last there was not a land or a person who was not represented distorted in the mirror. So then they thought they would fly up to the sky, and have a joke there. The higher they flew with the mirror, the more terribly it grinned : they could hardly hold it fast. Higher and higher still they flew, nearer and nearer to the stars, when suddenly the mirror shook so terribly with grinning, that it flew out of their hands and fell to the earth, where it was dashed in a hundred million and more ...


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