The Complete Fairy Tales & Other Stories
By Hans Christian Andersen - online book

Oxford Complete Illustrated Edition all his stories written between 1835 and 1872.

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THE TINDER-BOX
There came a soldier marching along the high roadó one, two ! one, two ! He had his knapsack on his back and a sabre by his side, for he had been in the wars, and now he wanted to go home. And on the way he met with an
old witch : she was very hideous, and her under lip hung down upon her breast. She said, ' Good evening, soldier. What a fine sword you have, and what a big knapsack ! You're a proper soldier ! Now you shall have as much money as you like to have.'
11 thank you, you old witch ! ' said the soldier.
1 Do you see that great tree ? ' quoth the witch ; and she pointed to a tree which stood beside them. ' It's
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