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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328                          THE RED SHOES
Next Sunday they all went to church, and she was asked if she wished to go too ; but she looked sadly, with tears in her eyes, at her crutches. And then the others went to hear God's Word ; but she went alone into her little room, which was only large enough to contain her bed and a chair. And here she sat with her hymn-book ; and as she read it with a pious mind, the wind bore the notes of the organ
over to her from the church ; and she lifted up her face, wet with tears, and said,
1 0 Lord, help me !'
Then the sun shone so brightly ; and before her stood the angel in white garments, the same she had seen that night at the church door. But he no longer grasped the sharp sword: he held a green branch covered with roses; and he touched the ceiling, and it rose up high, and wherever he touched it a golden star gleamed forth ; and he touched