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What the Old Man Does is Always Right

what the old man does is always rightThis story by Hans Christian Andersen is about an old man and his loving wife. The only thing they own of any value is a horse, which they decide to sell or trade for something more useful. The man sets off for town, but comes home with nothing to show for the horse but a bag of rotten apples. Andersen called this one of his best tales… but was it really his story?

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The Fir Tree

the fir treeThis story by the Danish poet and writer Hans Christian Andersen is about a tree that grows up never being satisfied with what it looks like or what it is doing. There is only one day in the tree’s life (a Christmas ) that it feels truly happy. The tree doesn’t see until too late that there were many other days in its life that it also should have enjoyed. This leads to a sad ending which is enough to make you never want to have a real Christmas tree!

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(n: Eve pl Eves) The day or evening before a special holiday or festival, such as Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, etc. 3000

The Nightingale

the nightingaleThis story by the Danish poet and writer Hans Christian Andersen is about an Emperor who discovers that there is a bird in his garden that, although plain to look at, sings so beautifully that it is famous all over the world. He falls in love with its song and keeps it until he receives a bird covered in jewels which can sing just as well. He replaces the original bird with the clockwork one, and does not realize until lying on his years later that the song of the real nightingale is the true .

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(adj: captive) Captured and kept in a prison, cage, etc. 5000

(n: clockwork, noncount) The system of moving wheels inside something (such as a clock or an old-fashioned toy) that makes its parts move. 10000

(n: deathbed pl deathbeds) The bed in which a person dies or is about to die. The family gathered around her deathbed.
(idiom: on one's deathbed) In the last few hours before death. While he lay on his deathbed, he told his lawyer that he wanted to give all his money to charity. Often used figuratively to say that someone is very close to dying or very sick. The old man acts as if he is on his deathbed, but he looks healthy enough to me.

treasure(n: treasure pl treasures) 1. Something valuable (such as money, jewels, gold, or silver) that is hidden or kept in a safe place. (ขุมทรัพย์) 2. Something very special, important, or valuable. (ของมีค่า) 2000