FOURTH STORY: The Prince and
PrincessGerda was obliged to rest again, and just opposite the
place where she sat, she saw a great crow come hopping across the
snow toward her. He stood looking at her for some time, and then he
wagged his head and said, "Caw, caw; good-day, good-day." He
pronounced the words as plainly as he could, because he meant to be
kind to the little girl; and then he asked her where she was going
all alone in the wide world.
The word alone Gerda understood very well, and knew how
much it expressed. So then she told the crow the whole story of her
life and adventures, and asked him if he had seen little
The crow nodded his head very gravely, and said, "Perhaps
I have—it may be."
"No! Do you think you have?" cried little Gerda, and she
kissed the cro