The Real Princess

- By Hans Christian Andersen
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Hans Christian Andersen (/ˈændərsən/, Danish: [ˈhænˀs ˈkʰʁestjæn ˈɑnɐsn̩] (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875), in Denmark, was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's fairy tales, consisting of 156 stories across nine volumes[1] and translated into more than 125 languages,[2] have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well.[3] His most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Little Mermaid," "The Nightingale," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Red Shoes", "The Princess and the Pea," "The Snow Queen," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Little Match Girl," and "Thumbelina." His stories have inspired ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films.[4] One of Copenhagen's widest and busiest boulevards, skirting Copenhagen City Hall Square at the corner of which Andersen's larger-than-life bronze statue sits, is named "H. C. Andersens Boulevard."[5]

The Real Princess

1. There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but she must be a real princess. He traveled around the world to find one, but there was always something wrong. There were plenty of princesses, but whether they were real princesses he could not find out; there was always something which was not quite right about them. So, at last, he had to come home again, and he was very sad because he wanted a real princess so badly.
 
2. One evening, there was a terrible storm; it thundered, and lightened and the rain poured down; indeed, it was a fearful night. In the middle of the storm, somebody knocked at the town gate, and the old King himself went to open it.
 
3. A woman stood outside, and she was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a princess.
 
4. ‘Well, we shall soon see if that is true,’ thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took everything off the bed, and laid a pea on the bedstead: then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on the top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on the top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night. In the morning, they asked her how she had slept.
 
5. ‘Oh, terribly badly!’ said the princess. ‘I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!’
 
6. They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such delicate skin.
 
7. So the prince took her to be his wife, for now, he was sure that he had found a real princess, and the pea was put into the museum, where it may still be seen.

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Word Lists:

Museum : a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited

Pile : a heap of things laid or lying one on top of another

Plenty : a large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough

Delicate : very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality

Stream : a small, narrow river

State : the particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time

True : in accordance with fact or reality

Right : morally good, justified, or acceptable

Thought : an idea or opinion produced by thinking, or occurring suddenly in the mind

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Additional Information:

Rating: A

Words: 377

Unique Words : 165

Sentences : 28

Reading Time : 1:40

Noun : 77

Conjunction : 40

Adverb : 30

Interjection : 2

Adjective : 28

Pronoun : 45

Verb : 73

Preposition : 35

Letter Count : 1,505

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Conversational

Difficult Words : 39

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