Andersen's tales, selected, and tr., for use in schools

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Page 46 - I will fly to them, those kingly birds ! " said he. " They will kill me, because I, ugly as I am, have presumed to approach them ; but it matters not, better to be killed by them than to be bitten by the ducks, pecked by the hens, kicked by the girl who feeds the poultry, and to have so much to suffer during the winter ! " He flew into the water, and swam towards the beautiful creatures ; they saw him and shot forward to meet him.
Page 45 - And the winter was so cold, so cold ! The Duckling was obliged to swim round and round in the water, to keep it from freezing ; but every night the opening in which he swam became smaller and smaller ; it froze so that the crust of ice crackled...
Page 47 - They ran to their father and mother, bread and cake were thrown into the water, and every one said, " The new one is the best, so young and so beautiful ! " and the old Swans bowed before him. The young Swan felt quite ashamed, and hid his head under his wings ; he...
Page 45 - ... strained his neck to look after them, and sent forth such a loud and strange cry, that it almost frightened himself: Ah ! he could not forget them, those noble birds...

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