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The Princess and the Pea

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Les contes d'Andersen font partie de l'imaginaire collectif. Les œuvres de Hans Christian Handersen traversent les âges et les générations sans prendre une ride, ses récits sont classés comme des œuvres indémodables, intergénérationnelles et presque intemporelles. Youscribe vous propose de plonger dans un univers fascinant mêlant le rêve, l'émotion et le suspense avec près de 140 histoires de légende telle que la princesse au petit pois, la petite sirène, le vilain petit canard et bien plus encore ! Il ne tient qu'à vous d'entrer dans ce monde merveilleux et palpitant...
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The Princess and the Pea
Hans Christian Andersen
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nce upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she would have
to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get
what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they
were real ones. There was always something about them that was not as it should be. So he
came home again and was sad, for he would have liked very much to have a real princess.
One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, 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 the
rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran
down into 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 the mattresses.
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 knows
what 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 the
twenty 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 pea
was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.
There, that is a true story.
(1835) - EnglishTranslation: H. P. Paull (1872) - Original Illustrations byVilhelm Pedersen and Lorenz Frølich