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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there were there, and what fine cattle pasturing on mounds and in ditches ! '
' But why did you come up again to us directly ? ' asked Great Claus. ' I should not have done that, if it is so beautiful down there.'
' Why,' replied Little Claus, ' just in that I acted with good policy. You heard me tell you that the sea-maiden said, " A mile farther along the road "—and by the road she meant the river, for she can't go anywhere else—" there
is a whole herd of cattle for you." But I know what bends the stream makes—sometimes this way, sometimes that ; there 's a long way to go round : no, the thing can be managed in a shorter way by coming here to the land, and driving across the fields towards the river again. In this manner I save myself almost half a mile, and get all the quicker to my sea-cattle ! '
■ Oh, you are a fortunate man ! ' said Great Claus. ' Do you think I should get some sea-cattle too if I went down to the bottom of the river ? '
' Yes, I think so,' replied Little Claus. ' But I cannot carry you in the sack as far as the river ; you are too heavy