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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254                         THE FIR TREE
' Heaven preserve us ! ' cried the young ladies ; and they hastily put the fire out. Now the Tree might not even tremble. Oh, that was
terrible ! It was so afraid of losing any of its ornaments, and it was quite bewildered with all the brilliance. And now the folding doors were thrown open, and a number of children rushed in as if they would have overturned the whole Tree ; the older people followed more deliberately. The little ones stood quite silent, but only for a minute ;