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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in the world, small heads were the most fortunate. This will be sufficient as an introduction.
One of the young volunteers, of whom one could only say in one sense that he had a great head, had the watch that evening. The rain was pouring down ; but in spite of this obstacle he wanted to go out, only for a quarter of an hour. It was needless, he thought, to tell the porter
of his wish, especially if he could slip through between the rails. There lay the goloshes which the watchman had forgotten. It never occurred to him in the least that they were goloshes of Fortune. They would do him very good service in this rainy weather, and he pulled them on. Now the question was whether he could squeeze through the bars ; till now he had never tried it. There he stood. ' I wish to goodness I had my head outside ! ' cried he. And immediately, though his head was very thick and