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The Real Princess
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The Real Princess - Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen

Reading time for children: 3 min

There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but then she must be a _real_ Princess. He travelled right round the world to find one, but there was always something wrong. There were plenty of princesses, but whether they were real princesses he had great difficulty in discovering; there was always something which was not quite right about them. So at last he had to come home again, and he was very sad because he wanted a real princess so badly.

One evening there was a terrible storm; it thundered and lightened and the rain poured down in torrents; indeed it was a fearful night. In the middle of the storm somebody knocked at the town gate, and the old King himself went to open it.

It was a princess who stood outside, but she was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.

The Princess and the Pea Fairy TaleImage: Paul Hey (1867 – 1952)

‚Well we shall soon see if that is true,‘ thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took all the bedclothes off and laid a pea on the bedstead: then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on the top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on the top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night. In the morning they asked her how she had slept.

‚Oh terribly badly!‘ said the princess. ‚I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!‘

They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such a delicate skin.

The Princess and the Pea Fairy Tale

So the prince took her to be his wife, for now he was sure that he had found a real princess, and the pea was put into the Museum, where it may still be seen if no one has stolen it. Now this is a true story.

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Fairy tale statistics
Value
Translations DE, EN, DA, ES, FR, IT, NL, RO,
Readability Index by Björnsson29.3
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index84.8
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level5.6
Gunning Fog Index8
Coleman–Liau Index7.5
SMOG Index7.4
Automated Readability Index5.6
Character Count2.001
Letter Count1.538
Sentence Count23
Word Count389
Average Words per Sentence16,91
Words with more than 6 letters48
Percentage of long words12.3%
Number of Syllables482
Average Syllables per Word1,24
Words with three Syllables12
Percentage Words with three Syllables3.1%
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