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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498                            TWO MAIDENS
But the Wheelbarrow was of a different opinion ; and the Wheelbarrow was looked upon as of some consequence, for he considered himself a quarter of a coach, because he went about upon one wheel.
11 must remark,' he said, ' that the name " maiden " is common enough, and not nearly so refined as " rammer", or " stamper ", which latter has also been proposed, and through which you would be introduced into the category of seals ; and only think of the great stamp of state, which
impresses the royal seal that gives effect to the laws ! No, in your case I would surrender my maiden name.'
1 No, certainly not ! ' exclaimed the elder. ' I am too old for that.'
' I presume you have never heard of what is called " European necessity " ? ' observed the honest Measuring Tape. • One must be able to adapt oneself to time and circumstances, and if there is a law that the " maiden " is to be called " rammer ", why, she must be called u ram­mer ", for everything has its measure.'
' No ; if there must be a change,' said the younger, 11 should prefer to be called " Missy ", for that reminds one a little of maidens.'
' But I would rather be chopped to bits,' said the elder.