Andersen’s Little Match Girl

Posted: 18/01/2021 by vequinox in Literature

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Here is an aspirational dramatic story about hope, love and generosity, the important matters in life, set in the last day of the calendar year, 31st of DecemberThe Little Match Girl (Danish: Den Lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne) is a short story by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), first published in 1845. The editor of an almanac asked Andersen to write a tale to accompany a very popular woodcut illustration by the Danish artist Johan Thomas Lundbye depicting a poor child selling matches from a 1843 calendar.The following passage is from a translation by Jean Hersholt:

“It was so terribly cold. Snow was falling, and it was almost dark. Evening came on, the last evening of the year. In the cold and gloom a poor little girl, bareheaded and barefoot, was walking through the streets. Of course when she had left her house she’d had slippers…

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