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  • Fairy Parties For Kids - Fairy Fun
    flashlights or glow in the dark stickers to use as fairy lightning bugs The possibilities are limited only by your imagination Tagged as books creativity creatures dolls fairy craft ideas imagination kids make outside parents party More like this in Fairy Crafts Comments on this entry are closed Previous post Fairy Creations For Kids Next post Fairy Craft Ideas And Titles Popular About Barbara Feldman Spring Fairy Fungus Among Us Crazy Croquet Beauty of Form Beauty of Mind Fairy Garland Privacy Policy Fairy Fun Coloring Pages 35 Fairy Crafts 11 Fairy Games 152 Fairy Tales 21 Tooth Fairy 1 Connect with Barbara Newest Nelly 2 Episode1 Rocket Pets JellyGo Crazy Croquet Jack s Challenge Morphicine Fairy Cafe Dreamwoods Adorable Baby Fairy Fairy Nook A Few More Sites Surfnetkids Dress Up Games Girly Dress Up Spot the Differences Word Search Kids Sign up to get the Surfnetkids Games Newsletter delivered straight to your inbox twice a week You ll be the first to see all the newest games across the entire family friendly Surfnetkids game network And best of all it s free Age 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

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  • The Little Mermaid - Fairy Fun
    the great white building and a number of young girls came out into the garden The little mermaid swam away behind some tall rocks that stuck out of the water She covered her hair and her shoulders with foam so that no one could see her tiny face and then she watched to see who would find the poor Prince In a little while one of the young girls came upon him She seemed frightened but only for a minute then she called more people The mermaid watched the Prince regain consciousness and smile at everyone around him But he did not smile at her for he did not even know that she had saved him She felt very unhappy and when they led him away to the big building she dived sadly down into the water and returned to her father s palace She had always been quiet and wistful and now she became much more so Her sisters asked her what she had seen on her first visit up to the surface but she would not tell them a thing Many evenings and many mornings she revisited the spot where she had left the Prince She saw the fruit in the garden ripened and harvested and she saw the snow on the high mountain melted away but she did not see the Prince so each time she came home sadder than she had left It was her one consolation to sit in her little garden and throw her arms about the beautiful marble statue that looked so much like the Prince But she took no care of her flowers now They overgrew the paths until the place was a wilderness and their long stalks and leaves became so entangled in the branches of the tree that it cast a gloomy shade Finally she couldn t bear it any longer She told her secret to one of her sisters Immediately all the other sisters heard about it No one else knew except a few more mermaids who told no one except their most intimate friends One of these friends knew who the Prince was She too had seen the birthday celebration on the ship She knew where he came from and where his kingdom was Come little sister said the other princesses Arm in arm they rose from the water in a long row right in front of where they knew the Prince s palace stood It was built of pale glistening golden stone with great marble staircases one of which led down to the sea Magnificent gilt domes rose above the roof and between the pillars all around the building were marble statues that looked most lifelike Through the clear glass of the lofty windows one could see into the splendid halls with their costly silk hangings and tapestries and walls covered with paintings that were delightful to behold In the center of the main hall a large fountain played its columns of spray up to the glass domed roof through which the sun shone down on the water and upon the lovely plants that grew in the big basin Now that she knew where he lived many an evening and many a night she spent there in the sea She swam much closer to shore than any of her sisters would dare venture and she even went far up a narrow stream under the splendid marble balcony that cast its long shadow in the water Here she used to sit and watch the young Prince when he thought himself quite alone in the bright moonlight On many evenings she saw him sail out in his fine boat with music playing and flags a flutter She would peep out through the green rushes and if the wind blew her long silver veil anyone who saw it mistook it for a swan spreading its wings On many nights she saw the fishermen come out to sea with their torches and heard them tell about how kind the young Prince was This made her proud to think that it was she who had saved his life when he was buffeted about half dead among the waves And she thought of how softly his head had rested on her breast and how tenderly she had kissed him though he knew nothing of all this nor could he even dream of it Increasingly she grew to like human beings and more and more she longed to live among them Their world seemed so much wider than her own for they could skim over the sea in ships and mount up into the lofty peaks high over the clouds and their lands stretched out in woods and fields farther than the eye could see There was so much she wanted to know Her sisters could not answer all her questions so she asked her old grandmother who knew about the upper world which was what she said was the right name for the countries above the sea If men aren t drowned the little mermaid asked do they live on forever Don t they die as we do down here in the sea Yes the old lady said they too must die and their lifetimes are even shorter than ours We can live to be three hundred years old but when we perish we turn into mere foam on the sea and haven t even a grave down here among our dear ones We have no immortal soul no life hereafter We are like the green seaweed once cut down it never grows again Human beings on the contrary have a soul which lives forever long after their bodies have turned to clay It rises through thin air up to the shining stars Just as we rise through the water to see the lands on earth so men rise up to beautiful places unknown which we shall never see Why weren t we given an immortal soul the little mermaid sadly asked I would gladly give up my three hundred years if I could be a human being only for a day and later share in that heavenly realm You must not think about that said the old lady We fare much more happily and are much better off than the folk up there Then I must also die and float as foam upon the sea not hearing the music of the waves and seeing neither the beautiful flowers nor the red sun Can t I do anything at all to win an immortal soul No her grandmother answered not unless a human being loved you so much that you meant more to him than his father and mother If his every thought and his whole heart cleaved to you so that he would let a priest join his right hand to yours and would promise to be faithful here and throughout all eternity then his soul would dwell in your body and you would share in the happiness of mankind He would give you a soul and yet keep his own But that can never come to pass The very thing that is your greatest beauty here in the sea your fish tail would be considered ugly on land They have such poor taste that to be thought beautiful there you have to have two awkward props which they call legs The little mermaid sighed and looked unhappily at her fish tail Come let us be gay the old lady said Let us leap and bound throughout the three hundred years that we have to live Surely that is time and to spare and afterwards we shall be glad enough to rest in our graves We are holding a court ball this evening This was a much more glorious affair than is ever to be seen on earth The walls and the ceiling of the great ballroom were made of massive but transparent glass Many hundreds of huge rose red and grass green shells stood on each side in rows with the blue flames that burned in each shell illuminating the whole room and shining through the walls so clearly that it was quite bright in the sea outside You could see the countless fish great and small swimming toward the glass walls On some of them the scales gleamed purplish red while others were silver and gold Across the floor of the hall ran a wide stream of water and upon this the mermaids and mermen danced to their own entrancing songs Such beautiful voices are not to be heard among the people who live on land The little mermaid sang more sweetly than anyone else and everyone applauded her For a moment her heart was happy because she knew she had the loveliest voice of all in the sea or on the land But her thoughts soon strayed to the world up above She could not forget the charming Prince nor her sorrow that she did not have an immortal soul like his Therefore she stole out of her father s palace and while everything there was song and gladness she sat sadly in her own little garden Then she heard a bugle call through the water and she thought That must mean he is sailing up there he whom I love more than my father or mother he of whom I am always thinking and in whose hands I would so willingly trust my lifelong happiness I dare do anything to win him and to gain an immortal soul While my sisters are dancing here in my father s palace I shall visit the sea witch of whom I have always been so afraid Perhaps she will be able to advise me and help me The little mermaid set out from her garden toward the whirlpools that raged in front of the witch s dwelling She had never gone that way before No flowers grew there nor any seaweed Bare and gray the sands extended to the whirlpools where like roaring mill wheels the waters whirled and snatched everything within their reach down to the bottom of the sea Between these tumultuous whirlpools she had to thread her way to reach the witch s waters and then for a long stretch the only trail lay through a hot seething mire which the witch called her peat marsh Beyond it her house lay in the middle of a weird forest where all the trees and shrubs were polyps half animal and half plant They looked like hundred headed snakes growing out of the soil All their branches were long slimy arms with fingers like wriggling worms They squirmed joint by joint from their roots to their outermost tentacles and whatever they could lay hold of they twined around and never let go The little mermaid was terrified and stopped at the edge of the forest Her heart thumped with fear and she nearly turned back but then she remembered the Prince and the souls that men have and she summoned her courage She bound her long flowing locks closely about her head so that the polyps could not catch hold of them folded her arms across her breast and darted through the water like a fish in among the slimy polyps that stretched out their writhing arms and fingers to seize her She saw that every one of them held something that it had caught with its hundreds of little tentacles and to which it clung as with strong hoops of steel The white bones of men who had perished at sea and sunk to these depths could be seen in the polyps arms Ships rudders and seamen s chests and the skeletons of land animals had also fallen into their clutches but the most ghastly sight of all was a little mermaid whom they had caught and strangled She reached a large muddy clearing in the forest where big fat water snakes slithered about showing their foul yellowish bellies In the middle of this clearing was a house built of the bones of shipwrecked men and there sat the sea witch letting a toad eat out of her mouth just as we might feed sugar to a little canary bird She called the ugly fat water snakes her little chickabiddies and let them crawl and sprawl about on her spongy bosom I know exactly what you want said the sea witch It is very foolish of you but just the same you shall have your way for it will bring you to grief my proud princess You want to get rid of your fish tail and have two props instead so that you can walk about like a human creature and have the young Prince fall in love with you and win him and an immortal soul besides At this the witch gave such a loud cackling laugh that the toad and the snakes were shaken to the ground where they lay writhing You are just in time said the witch After the sun comes up tomorrow a whole year would have to go by before I could be of any help to you J shall compound you a draught and before sunrise you must swim to the shore with it seat yourself on dry land and drink the draught down Then your tail will divide and shrink until it becomes what the people on earth call a pair of shapely legs But it will hurt it will feel as if a sharp sword slashed through you Everyone who sees you will say that you are the most graceful human being they have ever laid eyes on for you will keep your gliding movement and no dancer will be able to tread as lightly as you But every step you take will feel as if you were treading upon knife blades so sharp that blood must flow I am willing to help you but are you willing to suffer all this Yes the little mermaid said in a trembling voice as she thought of the Prince and of gaining a human soul Remember said the witch Once you have taken a human form you can never be a mermaid again You can never come back through the waters to your sisters or to your father s palace And if you do not win the love of the Prince so completely that for your sake he forgets his father and mother cleaves to you with his every thought and his whole heart and lets the priest join your hands in marriage then you will win no immortal soul If he marries someone else your heart will break on the very next morning and you will become foam of the sea I shall take that risk said the little mermaid but she turned as pale as death Also you will have to pay me said the witch and it is no trifling price that I m asking You have the sweetest voice of anyone down here at the bottom of the sea and while I don t doubt that you would like to captivate the Prince with it you must give this voice to me I will take the very best thing that you have in return for my sovereign draught I must pour my own blood in it to make the drink as sharp as a two edged sword But if you take my voice said the little mermaid what will be left to me Your lovely form the witch told her your gliding movements and your eloquent eyes With these you can easily enchant a human heart Well have you lost your courage Stick out your little tongue and I shall cut it off I ll have my price and you shall have the potent draught Go ahead said the little mermaid The witch hung her caldron over the flames to brew the draught Cleanliness is a good thing she said as she tied her snakes in a knot and scoured out the pot with them Then she pricked herself in the chest and let her black blood splash into the caldron Steam swirled up from it in such ghastly shapes that anyone would have been terrified by them The witch constantly threw new ingredients into the caldron and it started to boil with a sound like that of a crocodile shedding tears When the draught was ready at last it looked as clear as the purest water There s your draught said the witch And she cut off the tongue of the little mermaid who now was dumb and could neither sing nor talk If the polyps should pounce on you when you walk back through my wood the witch said just spill a drop of this brew upon them and their tentacles will break in a thousand pieces But there was no need of that for the polyps curled up in terror as soon as they saw the bright draught It glittered in the little mermaid s hand as if it were a shining star So she soon traversed the forest the marsh and the place of raging whirlpools She could see her father s palace The lights had been snuffed out in the great ballroom and doubtless everyone in the palace was asleep but she dared not go near them now that she was stricken dumb and was leaving her home forever Her heart felt as if it would break with grief She tip toed into the garden took one flower from each of her sisters little plots blew a thousand kisses toward the palace and then mounted up through the dark blue sea The sun had not yet risen when she saw the Prince s palace As she climbed his splendid marble staircase the moon was shining clear The little mermaid swallowed the bitter fiery draught and it was as if a two edged sword struck through her frail body She swooned away and lay

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  • The Brave and Steadfast Tin Soldier - Fairy Fun
    it began to rain and the drops fell faster and faster till there was a heavy shower When it was over two boys happened to pass by and one of them said Look there is a tin soldier He ought to have a boat to sail in So they made a boat out of a newspaper and placed the tin soldier in it and sent him sailing down the gutter while the two boys ran by the side of it and clapped their hands Good gracious what large waves arose in that gutter and how fast the stream rolled on for the rain had been very heavy The paper boat rocked up and down and turned itself round sometimes so quickly that the tin soldier trembled yet he remained firm his countenance did not change he looked straight before him and shouldered his musket Suddenly the boat shot under a bridge which formed a part of a drain and then it was as dark as the tin soldier s box Where am I going now thought he This is the black goblin s fault I am sure Ah well if the little lady were only here with me in the boat I should not care for any darkness Suddenly there appeared a great water rat who lived in the drain Have you a passport asked the rat give it to me at once But the tin soldier remained silent and held his musket tighter than ever The boat sailed on and the rat followed it How he did gnash his teeth and cry out to the bits of wood and straw Stop him stop him he has not paid toll and has not shown his pass But the stream rushed on stronger and stronger The tin soldier could already see daylight shining where the arch ended Then he heard a roaring sound quite terrible enough to frighten the bravest man At the end of the tunnel the drain fell into a large canal over a steep place which made it as dangerous for him as a waterfall would be to us He was too close to it to stop so the boat rushed on and the poor tin soldier could only hold himself as stiffly as possible without moving an eyelid to show that he was not afraid The boat whirled round three or four times and then filled with water to the very edge nothing could save it from sinking He now stood up to his neck in water while deeper and deeper sank the boat and the paper became soft and loose with the wet till at last the water closed over the soldier s head He thought of the elegant little dancer whom he should never see again and the words of the song sounded in his ears Farewell warrior ever brave Drifting onward to thy grave Then the paper boat fell to pieces and the soldier sank into the water and immediately afterwards was swallowed up

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  • The Red Shoes - Fairy Fun
    old lady was sick and it was said she could not recover She must be nursed and waited upon and there was no one whose duty it was so much as Karen s But there was a great ball in the city to which Karen was invited She looked at the old lady who could not recover she looked at the red shoes and she thought there could be no sin in it she put on the red shoes she might do that also she thought But then she went to the ball and began to dance When she wanted to dance to the right the shoes would dance to the left and when she wanted to dance up the room the shoes danced back again down the steps into the street and out of the city gate She danced and was forced to dance straight out into the gloomy wood Then it was suddenly light up among the trees and she fancied it must be the moon for there was a face but it was the old soldier with the red beard he sat there nodded his head and said Look what beautiful dancing shoes Then she was terrified and wanted to fling off the red shoes but they clung fast and she pulled down her stockings but the shoes seemed to have grown to her feet And she danced and must dance over fields and meadows in rain and sunshine by night and day but at night it was the most fearful She danced over the churchyard but the dead did not dance they had something better to do than to dance She wished to seat herself on a poor man s grave where the bitter tansy grew but for her there was neither peace nor rest and when she danced towards the open church door she saw an angel standing there He wore long white garments he had wings which reached from his shoulders to the earth his countenance was severe and grave and in his hand he held a sword broad and glittering Dance shalt thou said he Dance in thy red shoes till thou art pale and cold Till thy skin shrivels up and thou art a skeleton Dance shalt thou from door to door and where proud vain children dwell thou shalt knock that they may hear thee and tremble Dance shalt thou Mercy cried Karen But she did not hear the angel s reply for the shoes carried her through the gate into the fields across roads and bridges and she must keep ever dancing One morning she danced past a door which she well knew Within sounded a psalm a coffin decked with flowers was borne forth Then she knew that the old lady was dead and felt that she was abandoned by all and condemned by the angel of God She danced and she was forced to dance through the gloomy night The shoes carried her over stack and stone she

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  • The Naughty Boy - Fairy Fun
    out of his dripping hair warmed his hands between his own and boiled for him some sweet wine Then the boy recovered his cheeks again grew rosy he jumped down from the lap where he was sitting and danced round the kind old poet You are a merry fellow said the old man What s your name My name is Cupid answered the boy Don t you know me There lies my bow it shoots well I can assure you Look the weather is now clearing up and the moon is shining clear again through the window Why your bow is quite spoiled said the old poet That were sad indeed said the boy and he took the bow in his hand and examined it on every side Oh it is dry again and is not hurt at all the string is quite tight I will try it directly And he bent his bow took aim and shot an arrow at the old poet right into his heart You see now that my bow was not spoiled said he laughing and away he ran The naughty boy to shoot the old poet in that way he who had taken him into his warm room who had treated him so kindly and who had given him warm wine and the very best apples The poor poet lay on the earth and wept for the arrow had really flown into his heart Fie said he How naughty a boy Cupid is I will tell all children about him that they may take care and not play with him for he will only cause them sorrow and many a heartache And all good children to whom he related this story took great heed of this naughty Cupid but he made fools of them still for he is astonishingly cunning When the university students come from the lectures he runs beside them in a black coat and with a book under his arm It is quite impossible for them to know him and they walk along with him arm in arm as if he too were a student like themselves and then unperceived he thrusts an arrow to their bosom When the young maidens come from being examined by the clergyman or go to church to be confirmed there he is again close behind them Yes he is forever following people At the play he sits in the great chandelier and burns in bright flames so that people think it is really a flame but they soon discover it is something else He roves about in the garden of the palace and upon the ramparts yes once he even shot your father and mother right in the heart Ask them only and you will hear what they ll tell you Oh he is a naughty boy that Cupid you must never have anything to do with him He is forever running after everybody Only think he shot an arrow once at your old grandmother

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  • The Dream of Little Tuk - Fairy Fun
    the town was so small and poor and the school boys came along with their books under their arms and said 2000 inhabitants but that was not true for there were not so many Bordingborg in the reign of King Waldemar a considerable place now an unimportant little town One solitary tower only and some remains of a wall show where the castle once stood And little Tukey lay in his bed it seemed to him as if he dreamed and yet as if he were not dreaming however somebody was close beside him Little Tukey Little Tukey cried someone near It was a seaman quite a little personage so little as if he were a midshipman but a midshipman it was not Many remembrances from Corsor That is a town that is just rising into importance a lively town that has steam boats and stagecoaches formerly people called it ugly but that is no longer true I lie on the sea said Corsor I have high roads and gardens and I have given birth to a poet who was witty and amusing which all poets are not I once intended to equip a ship that was to sail all round the earth but I did not do it although I could have done so and then too I smell so deliciously for close before the gate bloom the most beautiful roses Corsor on the Great Belt called formerly before the introduction of steam vessels when travellers were often obliged to wait a long time for a favorable wind the most tiresome of towns The poet Baggesen was born here Little Tuk looked and all was red and green before his eyes but as soon as the confusion of colors was somewhat over all of a sudden there appeared a wooded slope close to the bay and high up above stood a magnificent old church with two high pointed towers From out the hill side spouted fountains in thick streams of water so that there was a continual splashing and close beside them sat an old king with a golden crown upon his white head that was King Hroar near the fountains close to the town of Roeskilde as it is now called And up the slope into the old church went all the kings and queens of Denmark hand in hand all with their golden crowns and the organ played and the fountains rustled Little Tuk saw all heard all Do not forget the diet said King Hroar Roeskilde once the capital of Denmark The town takes its name from King Hroar and the many fountains in the neighborhood In the beautiful cathedral the greater number of the kings and queens of Denmark are interred In Roeskilde too the members of the Danish Diet assemble Again all suddenly disappeared Yes and whither It seemed to him just as if one turned over a leaf in a book And now stood there an old peasant woman who came from Soroe

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  • The Little Match Girl - Fairy Fun
    out of the bundle draw it against the wall and warm her fingers by it She drew one out Rischt how it blazed how it burnt It was a warm bright flame like a candle as she held her hands over it it was a wonderful light It seemed really to the little maiden as though she were sitting before a large iron stove with burnished brass feet and a brass ornament at top The fire burned with such blessed influence it warmed so delightfully The little girl had already stretched out her feet to warm them too but the small flame went out the stove vanished she had only the remains of the burnt out match in her hand She rubbed another against the wall it burned brightly and where the light fell on the wall there the wall became transparent like a veil so that she could see into the room On the table was spread a snow white tablecloth upon it was a splendid porcelain service and the roast goose was steaming famously with its stuffing of apple and dried plums And what was still more capital to behold was the goose hopped down from the dish reeled about on the floor with knife and fork in its breast till it came up to the poor little girl when the match went out and nothing but the thick cold damp wall was left behind She lighted another match Now there she was sitting under the most magnificent Christmas tree it was still larger and more decorated than the one which she had seen through the glass door in the rich merchant s house Thousands of lights were burning on the green branches and gaily colored pictures such as she had seen in the shop windows looked down upon her The little maiden stretched out her hands towards them when the match went out The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher she saw them now as stars in heaven one fell down and formed a long trail of fire Someone is just dead said the little girl for her old grandmother the only person who had loved her and who was now no more had told her that when a star falls a soul ascends to God She drew another match against the wall it was again light and in the lustre there stood the old grandmother so bright and radiant so mild and with such an expression of love Grandmother cried the little one Oh take me with you You go away when the match burns out you vanish like the warm stove like the delicious roast goose and like the magnificent Christmas tree And she rubbed the whole bundle of matches quickly against the wall for she wanted to be quite sure of keeping her grandmother near her And the matches gave such a brilliant light that it was brighter than at noon day never formerly had the grandmother been so beautiful and

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  • The Shadow - Fairy Fun
    to do He would therefore not talk about it at all and that was wisely thought Peter Schlemihl the shadowless man In the evening he went out again on the balcony He had placed the light directly behind him for he knew that the shadow would always have its master for a screen but he could not entice it He made himself little he made himself great but no shadow came again He said Hem hem but it was of no use It was vexatious but in the warm lands everything grows so quickly and after the lapse of eight days he observed to his great joy that a new shadow came in the sunshine In the course of three weeks he had a very fair shadow which when he set out for his home in the northern lands grew more and more in the journey so that at last it was so long and so large that it was more than sufficient The learned man then came home and he wrote books about what was true in the world and about what was good and what was beautiful and there passed days and years yes many years passed away One evening as he was sitting in his room there was a gentle knocking at the door Come in said he but no one came in so he opened the door and there stood before him such an extremely lean man that he felt quite strange As to the rest the man was very finely dressed he must be a gentleman Whom have I the honor of speaking asked the learned man Yes I thought as much said the fine man I thought you would not know me I have got so much body I have even got flesh and clothes You certainly never thought of seeing me so well off Do you not know your old shadow You certainly thought I should never more return Things have gone on well with me since I was last with you I have in all respects become very well off Shall I purchase my freedom from service If so I can do it and then he rattled a whole bunch of valuable seals that hung to his watch and he stuck his hand in the thick gold chain he wore around his neck nay how all his fingers glittered with diamond rings and then all were pure gems Nay I cannot recover from my surprise said the learned man What is the meaning of all this Something common is it not said the shadow But you yourself do not belong to the common order and I as you know well have from a child followed in your footsteps As soon as you found I was capable to go out alone in the world I went my own way I am in the most brilliant circumstances but there came a sort of desire over me to see you once more before you die you will die I suppose I also wished to see this land again for you know we always love our native land I know you have got another shadow again have I anything to pay to it or you If so you will oblige me by saying what it is Nay is it really thou said the learned man It is most remarkable I never imagined that one s old shadow could come again as a man Tell me what I have to pay said the shadow for I don t like to be in any sort of debt How canst thou talk so said the learned man What debt is there to talk about Make thyself as free as anyone else I am extremely glad to hear of thy good fortune sit down old friend and tell me a little how it has gone with thee and what thou hast seen at our opposite neighbor s there in the warm lands Yes I will tell you all about it said the shadow and sat down but then you must also promise me that wherever you may meet me you will never say to anyone here in the town that I have been your shadow I intend to get betrothed for I can provide for more than one family Be quite at thy ease about that said the learned man I shall not say to anyone who thou actually art here is my hand I promise it and a man s bond is his word A word is a shadow said the shadow and as such it must speak It was really quite astonishing how much of a man it was It was dressed entirely in black and of the very finest cloth it had patent leather boots and a hat that could be folded together so that it was bare crown and brim not to speak of what we already know it had seals gold neck chain and diamond rings yes the shadow was well dressed and it was just that which made it quite a man Now I shall tell you my adventures said the shadow and then he sat with the polished boots as heavily as he could on the arm of the learned man s new shadow which lay like a poodle dog at his feet Now this was perhaps from arrogance and the shadow on the ground kept itself so still and quiet that it might hear all that passed it wished to know how it could get free and work its way up so as to become its own master Do you know who lived in our opposite neighbor s house said the shadow It was the most charming of all beings it was Poesy I was there for three weeks and that has as much effect as if one had lived three thousand years and read all that was composed and written that is what I say and it is right I have seen everything and I know everything Poesy cried the learned man Yes yes she often dwells a recluse in large cities Poesy Yes I have seen her a single short moment but sleep came into my eyes She stood on the balcony and shone as the Aurora Borealis shines Go on go on thou wert on the balcony and went through the doorway and then Then I was in the antechamber said the shadow You always sat and looked over to the antechamber There was no light there was a sort of twilight but the one door stood open directly opposite the other through a long row of rooms and saloons and there it was lighted up I should have been completely killed if I had gone over to the maiden but I was circumspect I took time to think and that one must always do And what didst thou then see asked the learned man I saw everything and I shall tell all to you but it is no pride on my part as a free man and with the knowledge I have not to speak of my position in life my excellent circumstances I certainly wish that you would say you to me It is the custom in Denmark for intimate acquaintances to use the second person singular Du thou when speaking to each other When a friendship is formed between men they generally affirm it when occasion offers either in public or private by drinking to each other and exclaiming thy health at the same time striking their glasses together This is called drinking Duus they are then Duus Brodre thou brothers and ever afterwards use the pronoun thou to each other it being regarded as more familiar than De you Father and mother sister and brother say thou to one another without regard to age or rank Master and mistress say thou to their servants the superior to the inferior But servants and inferiors do not use the same term to their masters or superiors nor is it ever used when speaking to a stranger or anyone with whom they are but slightly acquainted they then say as in English you I beg your pardon said the learned man it is an old habit with me You are perfectly right and I shall remember it but now you must tell me all you saw Everything said the shadow For I saw everything and I know everything How did it look in the furthest saloon asked the learned man Was it there as in the fresh woods Was it there as in a holy church Were the saloons like the starlit firmament when we stand on the high mountains Everything was there said the shadow I did not go quite in I remained in the foremost room in the twilight but I stood there quite well I saw everything and I know everything I have been in the antechamber at the court of Poesy But what did you see Did all the gods of the olden times pass through the large saloons Did the old heroes combat there Did sweet children play there and relate their dreams I tell you I was there and you can conceive that I saw everything there was to be seen Had you come over there you would not have been a man but I became so And besides I learned to know my inward nature my innate qualities the relationship I had with Poesy At the time I was with you I thought not of that but always you know it well when the sun rose and when the sun went down I became so strangely great in the moonlight I was very near being more distinct than yourself at that time I did not understand my nature it was revealed to me in the antechamber I became a man I came out matured but you were no longer in the warm lands as a man I was ashamed to go as I did I was in want of boots of clothes of the whole human varnish that makes a man perceptible I took my way I tell it to you but you will not put it in any book I took my way to the cake woman I hid myself behind her the woman didn t think how much she concealed I went out first in the evening I ran about the streets in the moonlight I made myself long up the walls it tickles the back so delightfully I ran up and ran down peeped into the highest windows into the saloons and on the roofs I peeped in where no one could peep and I saw what no one else saw what no one else should see This is in fact a base world I would not be a man if it were not now once accepted and regarded as something to be so I saw the most unimaginable things with the women with the men with parents and with the sweet matchless children I saw said the shadow what no human being must know but what they would all so willingly know what is bad in their neighbor Had I written a newspaper it would have been read But I wrote direct to the persons themselves and there was consternation in all the towns where I came They were so afraid of me and yet they were so excessively fond of me The professors made a professor of me the tailors gave me new clothes I am well furnished the master of the mint struck new coin for me and the women said I was so handsome And so I became the man I am And I now bid you farewell Here is my card I live on the sunny side of the street and am always at home in rainy weather And so away went the shadow That was most extraordinary said the learned man Years and days passed away then the shadow came again How goes it said the shadow Alas said the learned man I write about the true and the good and the beautiful but no one cares to hear such things I am quite desperate for I take it so much to heart But I don t said the shadow I become fat and it is that one wants to become You do not understand the world You will become ill by it You must travel I shall make a tour this summer will you go with me I should like to have a travelling companion Will you go with me as shadow It will be a great pleasure for me to have you with me I shall pay the travelling expenses Nay this is too much said the learned man It is just as one takes it said the shadow It will do you much good to travel Will you be my shadow You shall have everything free on the journey Nay that is too bad said the learned man But it is just so with the world said the shadow and so it will be and away it went again The learned man was not at all in the most enviable state grief and torment followed him and what he said about the true and the good and the beautiful was to most persons like roses for a cow He was quite ill at last You really look like a shadow said his friends to him and the learned man trembled for he thought of it You must go to a watering place said the shadow who came and visited him There is nothing else for it I will take you with me for old acquaintance sake I will pay the travelling expenses and you write the descriptions and if they are a little amusing for me on the way I will go to a watering place my beard does not grow out as it ought that is also a sickness and one must have a beard Now you be wise and accept the offer we shall travel as comrades And so they travelled the shadow was master and the master was the shadow they drove with each other they rode and walked together side by side before and behind just as the sun was the shadow always took care to keep itself in the master s place Now the learned man didn t think much about that he was a very kind hearted man and particularly mild and friendly and so he said one day to the shadow As we have now become companions and in this way have grown up together from childhood shall we not drink thou together it is more familiar You are right said the shadow who was now the proper master It is said in a very straight forward and well meant manner You as a learned man certainly know how strange nature is Some persons cannot bear to touch grey paper or they become ill others shiver in every limb if one rub a pane of glass with a nail I have just such a feeling on hearing you say thou to me I feel myself as if pressed to the earth in my first situation with you You see that it is a feeling that it is not pride I cannot allow you to say thou to me but I will willingly say thou to you so it is half done So the shadow said thou to its former master This is rather too bad thought he that I must say you and he say thou but he was now obliged to put up with it So they came to a watering place where there were many strangers and amongst them was a princess who was troubled with seeing too well and that was so alarming She directly observed that the stranger who had just come was quite a different sort of person to all the others He has come here in order to get his beard to grow they say but I see the real cause he cannot cast a shadow She had become inquisitive and so she entered into conversation directly with the strange gentleman on their promenades As the daughter of a king she needed not to stand upon trifles so she said Your complaint is that you cannot cast a shadow Your Royal Highness must be improving considerably said the shadow I know your complaint is that you see too clearly but it has decreased you are cured I just happen to have a very unusual shadow Do you not see that person who always goes with me Other persons have a common shadow but I do not like what is common to all We give our servants finer cloth for their livery than we ourselves use and so I had my shadow trimmed up into a man yes you see I have even given him a shadow It is somewhat expensive but I like to have something for myself What thought the princess Should I really be cured These baths are the first in the world In our time water has wonderful powers But I shall not leave the place for it now begins to be amusing here I am extremely fond of that stranger would that his beard should not grow for in that case he will leave us In the evening the princess and the shadow danced together in the large ball room She was light but he was still lighter she had never had such a partner in the dance She told him from what land she came and he knew that land he had been there but then she was not at home he had peeped in at the window above and below he had seen both the one and the other and so he could answer the princess and make insinuations so

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