THE magistrate was standing by the open window: he was in his dress-shirt, with a jewelled pin in his shirt-frill, and unusually well shaved--a labour he had performed himself; he had, however, managed to give himself a little snick and a scrap of newspaper was stuck over the cut.
'Hey, you, little fellow!' he shouted.
The little fellow was none other than the washerwoman's son who was just passing by and respectfully took off his cap--its peak was broken to make it fit into his pocket. In his poor but clean and very well patched clothes, and with heavy wooden clogs on his feet, the boy stood there as respectfully as he would have done for the king himself.
'You're a good boy!' said the magistrate. 'You're a well-mannered boy! I suppose your mother's washing clothes down by the stream, and you're to go down there with what you have in your pocket. It's a bad habit your mother has! How much have you got there?'
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Publication information: Book title: Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales. Contributors: Hans Christian Andersen - Author, L. W. Kingsland - Translator, Vilhelm Pedersen - Illustrator, Lorenz Frølich - Illustrator. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 295.
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