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The Tinder Box
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In the next room there is a dog with eyes as large as mill-wheels.
But don't take any notice of him; just set him upon my apron, and help
yourself to the money. If you prefer gold, you can get that too, if you
go into the third room, and as much as you like to carry. But the dog
that guards the chest there has eyes as large as the Round Tower at
Copenhagen! He is a savage dog, I can tell you; but you needn't be
afraid of him either. Only, put him on my apron and he won't touch you,
and you can take out of the chest as much gold as you like!'
'Come, this is not bad!' said the Soldier. 'But what am I to give you,
old Witch; for surely you are not going to do this for nothing?'
'Yes, I am!' replied the Witch. 'Not a single farthing will I take! For
me you shall bring nothing but an old tinder-box which my grandmother
forgot last time she was down there.'
'Well, tie the rope round my waist! 'said the Soldier.
'Here it is,' said the Witch, 'and here is my blue-check apron.'
Then the Soldier climbed up the tree, let himself down through the hole,
and found himself standing, as the Witch had said, underground in the
large hall, where the three hundred lamps were burning.
Well, he opened the first door. Ugh! there sat the dog with eyes as big
as saucers glaring at him.
'You are a fine fellow!' said the Soldier, and put him on the Witch's
apron, took as much copper as his pockets could hold; then he shut the
chest, put the dog on it again, and went into the second room. Sure
enough there sat the dog with eyes as large as mill-wheels.
'You had better not look at me so hard!' said the Soldier. 'Your eyes
will come out of their sockets!'
And then he set the dog on the apron. When he saw all the silver in the
chest, he threw away the copper he had taken, and filled his pockets and
knapsack with nothing but silver.