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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use much ceremony, therefore she said outright to him at once,                                                      «*
' Your illness consists in this, that you can't throw a shadow.'
' Your Royal Highness must be much better,' replied the Shadow. 'I know your illness consists in this, that
you see too sharply ; but you have got the better of that. I have a very unusual shadow : don't you see the person who always accompanies me ? Other people have a common shadow, but I don't love what is common. One often gives one's servants finer cloth for their liveries than one wears oneself, and so I have let my shadow deck himself out like a separate person ; yes, you see I have even given him a shadow of his own, That cost very much, but I like to have something peculiar.