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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682                   CHILDREN'S PRATTLE
sensible people. Her father was a groom of the bed­chamber, and that is a very grand office, and she knew it.
' I am a child of the bed-chamber,' she said.
Now she might just as well have been a child of the cellar, for nobody can help his birth; and then she told the other children that she was ' well born ', and said that no one
who was not well born could get on far in the world : it was of no use to read and be industrious; if one was not well born one could not achieve anything.
* And those whose names end with " sen ",' said she, ' they cannot be anything at all. One must put one's arms akimbo, and keep them at a great distance, these " sen " !'
And she stuck out her pretty little arms, and made the