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He was expected to return shortly; and were she to tell him, he would very likely, as was the custom at that time, expose the poor child in the public highway, and let any one take it away who would. It is said that the place once lay under the sea, but the land has risen somewhat, and is now a wilderness extending for many a mile. The Viking's wife hasn't any children, although she is always wishing for a little one. She looked like a miserable dwarf, with the head and webbed fingers of a frog. She is dead, so the two swan-maidens had said when they came home; and they made up quite a story about her, and this is what they told,—.
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Some inner force seemed to make her more like her real mother. Away he flew to his nest for the two sets of swan feathers that he had stored there for so many years. They concocted the following yarn, which they told:. The whole firmament blazed with the Northern Lights, yet darkness conquered in the end. The monstrous snake which, it is said, surrounds the earth in the depths of the ocean, was trembling in spasmodic convulsions.
Hans Christian Andersen : The Marsh King's Daughter
He spoke of the golden treasure which she had brought her rich husband. She was in her finest attire, and the skald included her in his song. The wife of the Viking lived in constant pain and sorrow about it. In they would fall, and down they would sink to him whom they call the Marsh King, who rules below throughout the entire marsh land. Never mind about outsiders. These men were splendidly robed, and were mounted on prancing Arab horses as white as shining silver, with quivering pink nostrils and big flowing manes that swept down to their slender legs.
They were familiar with the old proverb to the effect that, "The cattle know when to quit their pasture, but a fool never knows the measure of his stomach. As for the living creatures, the flies have not changed the cut of their gauzy apparel, and the favorite colors of the storks were white trimmed with black, and long red stockings. He dropped these sets of feathers upon the mother and daughter, and, once the plumage had covered them, they rose from the ground as two white swans. Then he flew back quickly to the stork-mamma and told her what he had seen and done; and the little storks listened to it all, for they were then quite old enough to do so. And in these thoughts she indulged, until at last she thought no more of the Giver. Then we shall know the whole story, or at least as much of it as the father stork knew. What had become of that green strand between the mother's heart and the heart and the bird's wing?