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 RED SHOES                         323
Suddenly a great carriage came by, and in the carriage sat an old lady : she looked at the little- girl and felt pity for her, and said to the clergyman,
' Give me the little girl, and I will provide for her.' Karen thought this was for the sake of the shoes ; but the old lady declared they were hideous ; and they were burned. But Karen herself was clothed neatly and pro­perly : she was taught to read and to sew, and the people said she was agreeable. But her mirror said, ' You are much more than agreeable ; you are beautiful.'
Once the Queen travelled through the country, and had her little daughter with her; and the daughter was a Princess. And the people flocked towards the castle, and Karen too was among them ; and the little Princess stood in a fine white dress at a window, and let herself be gazed at. She had neither train nor golden crown, but she wore splendid red morocco shoes; they were certainly far handsomer than those the shoemaker's wife had made for little Karen. Nothing in the world can compare with red shoes !
Now Karen was old enough to be confirmed : new clothes were made for her, and she was to have new shoes. The rich shoemaker in the town took the measure of her little