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 TOAD                               947
one goes about with for one's own pleasure, and which the others go about and fret over. But don't ask, I won't answer ! '
1 Well, I have not got the jewel,' said the smallest toad; it was just as ugly as it could be. ' Why should I have
such a grand thing ? And if it vexes others, it cannot give me pleasure ! No, I only wish that I might come up to the edge of the well some time to look out. It must be charming there ! '
1 Better remain where you are ! ' said the old one. ' You know what you are doing then. Take care of the bucket, it "may squash you ; and if you get safely into it, you may fall out; not all fall so luckily as I did, and keep their limbs and eggs whole,'