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Hans Ch. Andersen: The Nightingale October 30, 2015

Posted by anagasto in drawing, poetry.
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THE  NIGHTINGALE

The story takes place in the palace gardens of the Emperor of China.

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In the Emperor’s garden there lived a nightingale that had become internationally famous for its song. The fishermen would listen to it and almost forget about their nets. …………………………………………………………………………………

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The Emperor and all of his entourage went out to the garden to hear the legendary bird sing. A lady-in-waiting held up a lantern for the Emperor to see the nightingale.

Is it possible? said the lady-in-waiting.   How common it looks!  Seeing so many important people must have frightened all its colours away. ………………………………………………………

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The ladies thought the singing was so beautiful that they tried to imitate it… ….and they took some water into their mouths to try and make the same gurgling, thinking so to equal the nightingale. ……………………………………………………………………

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The music-master wrote five-and-twenty volumes about the bird; the treatise was very long and written in all the most difficult Chinese characters.

The  story is free at  http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17860/17860-h/17860-h.htm

But, as in most of Andersen’s story, there is a sad ending.

From abroad the Emperor received a mechanical bird, and the real nightingale was soon forgotten.

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