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Fri, 17 Oct 2008
Yet another very old Hans Christian Andersen story from 1846, I think, It's a little strange. a bit like the maan himself.

Before reading this little story by Hans Christian Andersen, beware of its strange meanings, Diddily thinks they are wonderfully woven into the story.

reels of threadThe Darning-Needle

There was once a Darning-needle which thought itself so fine, that it imagined it was a Sewing-needle.
"Mind how you hold me," the Darning-needle said to the fingers as they took it up, "or you may lose me, and, if I fall, it is a great question whether I shall be found again, for I am so fine!"

"That can be managed," said the Fingers and they laid hold of it tight round the body.
"See, I have a train!" the Darning-needle said, and it drew a long thread after it, in which there was no knot.
The Fingers applied the needle to the Cook's slipper, the upper leather of which had burst and required mending.
"That is coarse work!" the Needle said. "I shall never get through it. I shall break! I am breaking!" and it did break.
Posted 17:11

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nice one daughter
Well, I've used many a darning needle in my time, being ancient. But I have never met one who had been on such a journey. Love the story's Dot. XXX Mother


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