Section three of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and short stories of volume one. This is a Librivox recording All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, not a volunteer please visit librivox.org Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and short stories volume 118 35 to 1842 by Hans Christian Andersen, translated by HP Polly.
The Princess and the Pea
Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess, but she would have to be a real princess. He traveled all over the world to find one. But no where 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 Torrance. Suddenly and 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 in 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 out I thought the Oh queen, but she said nothing. went into the bedroom, took all the bedding off the bedstead and laid a pee at the bottom. Then she took 20 mattresses and laid them on the pee then 20 either 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 close my eyes all night. Kevin 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 pee right through the 20 mattresses and the 20 either 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 in of the princess and the Pea.