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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OLE LUK-OIE                              205
and so saying he awoke, and was lying in his little bed. It was a wonderful journey that Ole Luk-Oie had caused him to take that night.
1 THURSDAY
' I tell you what,' said Ole Luk-Oie, * you must not be frightened. Here you shall see a little Mouse,' and he held out his hand with the pretty little creature in it. ' It has come to invite you to a wedding. There are two little Mice here who are going to enter into the marriage state to-night. They live under the floor of your mother's store-closet : that is said to be a charming dwelling-place ! '
1 But how can I get through the little mouse-hole in the floor ? ' asked Hjalmar.
1 Let me manage that,' said Ole Luk-Oie. ' I will make you small.'
And he touched Hjalmar with his magic squirt, and the boy began to shrink and shrink, until he was not so long as a finger.
' Now you may borrow the uniform of a tin soldier : I think it would fit you, and it looks well to wear a uniform when one is in society.'
1 Yes, certainly,' said Hjalmar.
And in a moment he was dressed like the smartest of tin soldiers.
1 Will you not be kind enough to take a seat in your mamma's thimble ? ' asked the Mouse. ' Then I shall have the honour of drawing you.'
' Will the young lady really take so much trouble ? ' cried Hjalmar.