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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LITTLE TUK                             369
Do you hear the cock crow, little Tuk ? Kikeliki ! The fowls are flying up out of Kjoge*h You shall have a poultry-yard—a great, great poultry-yard ! You shall not suffer hunger nor need ; and you shall shoot the popinjay, as the saying is ; you shall become a rich and happy man. Your house shall rise up like King Waldemar's tower, and shall be richly adorned with marble statues, like those of Praestoe. You understand me well. Your name shall travel with fame round the whole world, like the ship that was to sail from Korsor.'
1 Don't forget the States of the realm,' said King Hroar. ' You will speak well and sensibly, little Tuk ; and when at last you descend to your grave, you shall sleep peacefully—'
' As if I lay in Soroe,' said Tuk, and he awoke. It was bright morning, and he could not remember the least bit of his dream. But that was not necessary, for one must not know what is to happen.
Now he sprang quickly out of his bed, and read his book, and all at once he knew his whole lesson. The old washer­woman, too, put her head in at the door, nodded to him in a friendly way, and said,
4 Thank you, you good child, for your help. May your beautiful dreams come true ! '
Little Tuk did not know at all what he had dreamed, but there was One above who knew it.