The Snow Queen

Which Treats of a Mirror and of the Splinters

Andnowitworkedmuchmoreevilthanbefore;forsomeofthesepieceswerehardlysolargeasagrainofsand,andtheyflewaboutinthewideworld,andwhentheygotintopeople’seyes,theretheystayed;andthenpeoplesaweverythingperverted,oronlyhadaneyeforthatwhichwasevil.Thishappenedbecausetheverysmallestbithadthesamepowerwhichthewholemirrorhadpossessed.Somepersonsevengotasplinterintheirheart,andthenitmadeoneshudder,fortheirheartbecamelikealumpofice.Someofthebrokenpiecesweresolargethattheywereusedforwindowpanes,throughwhichonecouldnotseeone’sfriends.Otherpieceswereputinspectacles;andthatwasasadaffairwhenpeopleputontheirglassestoseewellandrightly.Thenthewickedspritelaughedtillhealmostchoked,forallthistickledhisfancy.Thefinesplintersstillflewaboutintheair:andnowweshallhearwhathappenednext.

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