Of the Flower-Garden At the Old Woman’s Who Unders

ButwhatbecameoflittleGerdawhenKaydidnotreturn? Wherecouldhebe? Nobodyknew;nobodycouldgiveanyintelligence. Alltheboysknewwas, thattheyhadseenhimtiehissledgetoanotherlargeandsplendidone, whichdrovedownthestreetandoutofthetown. Nobodyknewwherehewas;manysadtearswereshed,andlittleGerdaweptlongandbitterly; atlastshesaidhemustbedead; thathehadbeendrownedintheriverwhichflowedclosetothetown. Oh!thosewereverylonganddismalwinterevenings!  

Atlastspringcame,withitswarmsunshine.  

"Kayisdeadandgone!"saidlittleGerda.  

"ThatIdon’tbelieve,"saidtheSunshine.  

"Kayisdeadandgone!"saidshetotheSwallows.  

"ThatIdon’tbelieve,"saidthey: andatlastlittleGerdadidnotthinksoanylongereither.  

"I’llputonmyredshoes,"saidshe,onemorning; "Kayhasneverseenthem,andthenI’llgodowntotheriverandaskthere."  

Itwasquiteearly; shekissedheroldgrandmother,whowasstillasleep, putonherredshoes, andwentalonetotheriver.  

"Isittruethatyouhavetakenmylittleplayfellow? Iwillmakeyouapresentofmyredshoes,ifyouwillgivehimbacktome." 

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