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The Sand-Hills of Jutland

H. C. Andersen

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. . .Jörgen thought, and they went up to the altar where once they had knelt together; the priest joined their hands, and pronounced those words and that blessing which[46] were to hallow for them life and love. Then music's tones peeled around—the organ, wind instruments, and voices combined—until there arose a volume of sound sufficient to shake the very tombstones over the graves.

Presently the little ship that hung under the roof moved towards him and Clara. It became large and magnificent, with silken sails and gilded masts; the anchor was of the brightest gold, and every rope was of silk cord, as described in the old song. He and his bride stepped on board, then the whole multitude in the church followed them, and there was room for all. He fancied that the walls and vaulted roof of the church turned into blooming elder and linden trees, which diffused a sweet perfume around. It was all one mass of verdure. The trees bowed themselves, and left . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A collection of short stories that felt at times too preachy and all about morals instead of just being interesting short stories.

I had chosen to read three books by Hans Christian Andersen for a Literary Birthday challenge in April. This was the second, but I won't have time for the third. I liked most of the stories in this collection, although quite a few were too preachy for my taste. I preferred the more subtle stories wh