By Hans Christian Andersen
英汉对照One dark evening， he had not even a penny to buy a candle； then all at once he remembered that there was a piece of candle stuck in the tinder-box， which he had brought from the old tree， into which the witch had helped him.
He found the tinder-box， but no sooner had he struck a few sparks from the flint and steel， than the door flew open and the dog with eyes as big as teacups， whom he had seen while down in the tree， stood before him， and said， “What orders， master？”
“Hallo，” said the soldier； “well this is a pleasant tinderbox， if it brings me all I wish for.”
“Bring me some money，” said he to the dog.
He was gone in a moment， and presently returned， carrying a large bag of coppers in his month. The soldier very soon discovered after this the value of the tinder-box. If he struck the flint once， the dog who sat on the chest of copper money made his ； if twice， the dog came from the chest of silver； and if three times， the dog with eyes like towers， who watched over the gold. The soldier had now plenty of money； he returned to his elegant rooms， and reappeared in his fine clothes， so that his friends knew him again directly， and made as much of him as before.
After a while he began to think it was very strange that no one could get a look at the princess. “Every one says she is very beautiful，” thought he to himself； “but what is the use of that if she is to be shut up in a copper castle surrounded by so many towers. Can I by any means get to see her. Stop！ where is my tinder-box？” Then he struck a light， and in a moment the dog， with eyes as big as teacups， stood before him.
“It is midnight，” said the soldier， “yet I should very much like to see the princess， if only for a moment.”
The dog disappeared instantly， and before the soldier could even look round， he returned with the princess. She was lying on the dog's back asleep， and looked so lovely， that every one who saw her would know she was a real princess. The soldier could not help kissing her， true soldier as he was. Then the dog ran back with the princess； but in the morning， while at breakfast with the king and queen， she told them what a singular dream she had had during the night， of a dog and a soldier， that she had ridden on the dog's back， and been kissed by the soldier.
“That is a very pretty story， indeed，” said the queen. So the next night one of the old ladies of the court was set to watch by the princess's bed， to discover whether it really was a dream， or what else it might be.
The soldier longed very much to see the princess once more， so he sent for the dog again in the night to fetch her， and to run with her as fast as ever he could. But the old lady put on water boots， and ran after him as quickly as he did， and found that he carried the princess into a large house. She thought it would help her to remember the place if she made a large cross on the door with a piece of chalk. Then she went home to bed， and the dog presently returned with the princess. But when he saw that a cross had been made on the door of the house， where the soldier lived， he took another piece of chalk and made crosses on all the doors in the town， so that the lady-in-waiting might not be able to find out the right door.
Early the next morning the king and queen accompanied the lady and all the officers of the household， to see where the princess had been.
“Here it is，” said the king， when they came to the first door with a cross on it.
“No， my dear husband， it must be that one，” said the queen， pointing to a second door having a cross also.
“And here is one， and there is another！” they all exclaimed； for there were crosses on all the doors in every direction.
So they felt it would be useless to search any farther. But the queen was a very clever woman； she could do a great deal more than merely ride in a carriage. She took her large gold scissors， cut a piece of silk into squares， and made a neat little bag. This bag she filled with buckwheat flour， and tied it round the princess's neck； and then she cut a small hole in the bag， so that the flour might be scattered on the ground as the princess went along. During the night， the dog came again and carried the princess on his back， and ran with her to the soldier， who loved her very much， and wished that he had been a prince， so that he might have her for a wife. The dog did not observe how the flour ran out of the bag all the way from the castle wall to the soldier's house， and even up to the window， where he had climbed with the princess. Therefore in the morning the king and queen found out where their daughter had been， and the soldier was taken up and put in prison. Oh， how dark and disagreeable it was as he sat there， and the people said to him， “To-morrow you will be hanged.” It was not very pleasant news， and besides， he had left the tinder-box at the inn. In the morning he could see through the iron grating of the little window how the people were hastening out of the town to see him hanged； he heard the drums beating， and saw the soldiers marching. Every one ran out to look at them. and a shoemaker's boy， with a leather apron and slippers on， galloped by so fast， that one of his slippers flew off and struck against the wall where the soldier sat looking through the iron grating. “Hallo， you shoemaker's boy， you need not be in such a hurry，” cried the soldier to him. “There will be nothing to see till I come； but if you will run to the house where I have been living， and bring me my tinder-box， you shall have four shillings， but you must put your best foot foremost.”
The shoemaker's boy liked the idea of getting the four shillings， so he ran very fast and fetched the tinder-box， and gave it to the soldier. And now we shall see what happened. Outside the town a large gibbet had been erected， round which stood the soldiers and several thousands of people. The king and the queen sat on splendid thrones opposite to the judges and the whole council. The soldier already stood on the ladder； but as they were about to place the rope around his neck， he said that an innocent request was often granted to a poor criminal before he suffered death. He wished very much to smoke a pipe， as it would be the last pipe he should ever smoke in the world. The king could not refuse this request， so the soldier took his tinder-box， and struck fire， once， twice， thrice，— and there in a moment stood all the dogs；—the one with eyes as big as teacups， the one with eyes as large as mill-wheels， and the third， whose eyes were like towers. “Help me now， that I may not be hanged，” cried the soldier.
And the dogs fell upon the judges and all the councilors； seized one by the legs， and another by the nose， and tossed them many feet high in the air， so that they fell down and were dashed to pieces.
“I will not be touched，” said the king. But the largest dog seized him， as well as the queen， and threw them after the others. Then the soldiers and all the people were afraid， and cried， “Good soldier， you shall be our king， and you shall marry the beautiful princess.”
So they placed the soldier in the king's carriage， and the three dogs ran on in front and cried “Hurrah！” and the little boys whistled through their fingers， and the soldiers presented arms. The princess came out of the copper castle， and became queen， which was very pleasing to her. The wedding festivities lasted a whole week， and the dogs sat at the table， and stared with all their eyes.
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