Moodyblues - Once Upon A Time

The Princess on the Pea
by HC Andersen, 1801-1875

Once upon a time there was this prince, who wanted to have a princess, but it must be a  r e a l  princess. So he traveled all around the world to find a such, but always there were some obstacle. There were plenty of princesses, but if they were  r e a l  princesses, he could not figure out; always there were something, that was not so real. Then he came home again and was so distressed, cause he wanted so much to have a real prinsess.

One evening there was a terrible storm; there were flashlights and thunder, the rain poored down, it was really awful! Then it pounded on the city gate, and the old king went to open.

It was a princess standing outsite. But God, how she looked by the rain and the bad weather! The water was pooring down her hair and off her clothes and it went in infront of the shoe and out at the heal, and then she said, that she was a real princess.

"Well, that we will find out!" the old queen thought, but she said naught, but went into the bedroom, took off all the bedsheets and put a pea at the bottom of the bed. Thereafter she took twenty mattresses, put them above the pea, and furthermore twenty eider-down feather-beds above the mattresses.

There the princess now should rest for the night.

In the morning they asked her, how she had slept.

"Oh, terribly bad"! the princess said; "I have almost not got a wink of sleep all night long! God knows what there were in the bed! I have slept on something hard, so I am all brown and blue all over the body! It is just terrible!"

Now one could see, that she was a real princess, when she could feel the pea through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down feather-beds. So tender skinned could only a real princess be.

The prince took her as wife, as he now knew, that he had a real princess, and the pea ended up at the museum, where it still is to be viewed, if nobody has taken it away.

Now, that was a real story!

- Translated by Queen Angelica -

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