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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46              THE TRAVELLING COMPANION
they had been at the burying, but they knew quite well that the dead manwas now in heaven ; that, haiiad, wings, far larger and more beautiful than theirs ; that-he-was~now happy, because he had been a good man upon earth, and they were glad at it. John saw how they flew from the green trees out into the world, and he felt inclined to fly too. But first he cut out a great cross of wood to put on his father's grave ; and when he brought it there in the evening the grave was decked with sand and flowers ; strangers had done this, for they were all very fond of the good father who was now dead.
Early next morning John packed his little bundle, and put in his belt his whole inheritance, which consisted of fifty dollars and a few silver shillings ; with this he intended to wander out into the world. But first he went to the churchyard, to his father's grave, repeated the Lord's Prayer, and said, 'Farewell, dear father, irwiil always be good, and so you may well venture ta -pray-ta the good God that things may go well with me.'
Out in the field where he was walking all the flowers stood fresh and beautiful in the warm sunshine ; and they nodded in the wind, just as if they would have said, ■ Wel­come to the green wood ! Is it not fine here ? ' But John turned back once more to look at the old church, in which he had been christened when he was a little child, and where he had been every Sunday with his father at the service, and had sung his psalm ; then, high up in one of the openings of the tower, he saw the church-goblin standing in his little pointed red cap, shading his face with his bent arm, to keep the sun from shining in his eyes. John nodded a farewell to him, and the little goblin waved his red cap, laid his hand on his heart, and kissed his hand to John a great many times, to show that he wished the traveller well and hoped he would have a prosperous journey.
John thought what a number of fine things he would get to see in the great splendid world ; and he went on farther —farther than he had ever been before. He did not know the places at all through which he came, nor the people whom he met. Now he was far away in a strange region. . The first night he was obliged to lie under a haystack
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