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 TRAVELLING COMPANION             65
beautiful princess. She was more beautiful even than before, and thanked him, with tears in her lovely eyes, that he had freed her from the magic spelL
The next morning the old king came with his whole court, and then there was great congratulation till late into the day. Last of all came the travelling companion ; he had his staff in his hand and his knapsack on his back. John kissed him many times, and said he must not depart, he must remain with the friend of whose happiness he was the cause. But the travelling companion shook his head, and said mildly and kindly,
1 No7 now my time is up. I have only paid my debt. Do you remember the dead man whom the bad people wished to injure ? You gave all you possessed in order that he might have rest in the grave. I am that man.'
And in the same moment he vanished.
The wedding festivities lasted a whole month. John and the princess loved each other truly, and the old king passed many pleasant days, and let their little children ride on his knees and play with his sceptre. And John afterwards became king over the whole country.
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