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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his knapsack, took out a little jar, and said that he had a salve there which would immediately make her leg whole and strong, so that she could walk home herself, as if she had never broken her leg at all. But for that he required that she should give him the three rods which she carried in her apron.
' That would be paying well! ' said the old woman, and she nodded her head in a strange way. She did not like
to give away the rods, but then it was not agreeable to lie there with a broken leg. So she gave him the wands ; and as soon as he had only rubbed the ointment on her leg, the old mother arose, and walked much better than before—such was the power of this ointment. But then it was not to be bought at the chemist's.
' What do you want with the rods ? ' John asked his travelling companion.
1 They are three capital fern brooms,' replied he. * I like those very much, for I am a whimsical fellow.'
And they went on a good way.
* See how the sky is becoming overcast,' said John,