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The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

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A fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
A fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

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The Princess and the Pea
by
Hans Christian Andersen
(1835)
NCE
upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she would have to be areal princess. He travelled all ovethe world to find one, but nowherecould he get what he wanted. Therewere princesses enough, but it wasdifficult to find out whether theywere real ones. There was alwayssomething about them that was notas it should be. So he came homeagain and was sad, for he wouldhave liked very much to have a real princess.One evening a terrible stormcame on; there was thunder andlightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate,and the old king went to open it.It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate. But, good gracious! what a sight therain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran downinto the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels. And yet she said that she was a real princess.“Well, we’ll soon find that out,” thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of themattresses.On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning she was asked how she had slept.“Oh, very badly!” said she. “I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knowswhat was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It’s horrible!” Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through thetwenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds. Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess; and the peawas put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.There, that is a true story.

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Hans Christian Andersen turns 206 today. Here is one of his classic fairy tales "The Princess and the Pea."
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Hans Christian Andersen turns 206 today. Here is one of his classic fairy tales "The Princess and the Pea."
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this story is true??i thought it was supposed to be a bedtime story for kids
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Hans Christian Andersen turns 206 today. Here is one of his classic fairy tales "The Princess and the Pea."

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