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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644                     THE WICKED PRINCE
might further sting him ; and the servants did as he com­manded them. But a single gnat had attached itself to the inner side of the hangings, and crept into the ear of the Prince, and stung him there. It burned like fire, and the
poison penetrated to his brain: like a madman he tore the hangings from his body, tore his clothes and danced about naked before the eyes of his rude, savage soldiers, who now jeered at the mad Prince who wanted to overcome Heaven, and who himself was conquered by one single little gnat.
When the wind sweeps across the grass, the field has a ripple like a pond, and when it sweeps across the corn the field waves to and fro like a sea. That is called the wind's dance ; but hear it tell stories ; it sings them out, and how different it sounds in the tree-tops in the forest, and through the loopholes and clefts and cracks in walls !