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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THE SNOW MAN                          771
* Of course I know them,' replied the Yard Dog. ' She has stroked me, and he has thrown me a meat bone. I don't bite those two.'
* But what are they ? ' asked the Snow Man.
1 Lovers !' replied the Yard Dog. ' They will go to live in the same kennel, and gnaw at the same bone. Off ! Off !'
' Are they of as much consequence as you and I ? ' asked the Snow Man.
1 Why, they belong to the master,' retorted the Yard Dog. ' People certainly know very little who were only born yesterday. I can see that in you. I have age and informa­tion. I know every one here in the house, and I know a time when I did not lie out here in the cold, fastened to a chain. Off! Off!'
' The cold is charming,' said the Snow Man. ' Tell me,