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The Story of my Life
by Hans Christian Andersen
Binding: Paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.74 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 1103119044
ISBN 13: 9781103119042
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. WHEN, late in the evening, I arrived at the inn in Sla gelse, I asked the hostess if there were anything remarkable in the city. ' Yes,' said she, ' a new English fire engine and Pastor Basthohn's library,' and those probably were all the lions in the city. A few officers of the Lancers composed the fine gentleman world. Everybody knew what was done in everybody's house, whether a scholar was elevated or degraded in his class, and the like. A private theatre, to which, at general rehearsal, the scholars of the grammar school and the maid servants of the town had free entrance, furnished rich material for conversation. In my ' Picture Book without Pictures,' the fourth night, I have given a sketch of it I boarded with a respectable widow of the educated class, and had a little chamber looking out into the garden and field. My place in the school was in the lowest class, among little boys: I knew indeed nothing at all. I was actually like a wild bird which is confined in a cage ; I had the greatest desire to learn, but for the moment I floundered about, as if I had been thrown into the sea; one wave followed another; grammar, geography, mathematics : I felt myself overpowered by them, and feared that I should never be able to acquire all these. The Rector, who took a peculiar delight in turning everything to ridicule, did not, of course, make an exception in my case. To me he stood there as a divinity ; I believed unconditionally every word which he spoke. One day, when I had replied incorrectly to his question, and he said that I was stupid, I mentioned it to Collin, and told him my anxiety, lest I did not deserve all that people had done for me ; but he consoled me. Occasionally, however, on some subjects of instruction, I began to receive a good cert...

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