Do Things Keep Getting Better?

Illustration:  “There sat the dog, with eyes as large as tea-cups.”  From the story "The Tinder-Box."  Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.  By William Woodburn.  Illustrated by Gordon Robinson.  W. & R. Chambers, Limited: London & Edinburgh. 1917.

“There sat the dog, with eyes as large as tea-cups.”

He opened the first door. Yes, there sat the dog, with eyes as large as tea-cups, staring at him.

“There’s a good dog!” said the soldier, as he spread the witch’s apron on the floor, and lifted the beast on to it. He then filled his pockets with the copper coins in the chest, shut the lid, put the dog back into his place, and passed on into the second room.

There sat the second dog, with eyes as large as mill-stones.

“You had really better not stare at me so,” said the soldier; “it will hurt your eyes!” As he said this he set the dog down on the witch’s apron and lifted the lid of the chest. No sooner did he catch sight of all the silver it held than he threw away his copper coins, and filled his pockets and his knapsack with the shining silver.

He now passed on into the third room. What a start he got! A dog in this room had a pair of eyes each as large as a big round tower, and they kept rolling round and round in his head like wheels.

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From the story “The Tinder-Box.”

Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.

By William Woodburn.

Illustrated by Gordon Robinson.

W. & R. Chambers, Limited: London & Edinburgh. 1917.

10 thoughts on “Do Things Keep Getting Better?

      1. Me too. yet, by knowing that progress doesn’t really exist at least we’re not chasing our tails in search of the next big thing that will bring movement that will bring the world together since that’s not possible on a grand scale. the best we can do is act out our part in the morality play hoping our acts will bring brief happiness and relief to others around us–which makes me think–is the main purpose of art to bring happiness or to point out what’s wrong?

    1. You are most welcome. Thank you for the link – it was very thoughtful of you to send it along. This book is filled with great illustrations – I have a couple more ready to post soon. I hope it shows that the dogs eyes are very crazy!

      Are you a different person?

      Elephant

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