"The Ice-Maiden" is an 1861 fairy tale (short story) by the Danish writer, Hans Christian Andersen. The story was printed in English, via a translation by Fanny Fuller, by KING & BAIRD 1863.
In "The Ice-Maiden", written towards the end of Hans Christian Andersen’s career, Anderson tells the tale of Rudy, a boy who lost both his parents and goes to live with his uncle. The reader is first introduced to Rudy as he sells toy houses made by his grandfather. Eventually the reader learns that Rudy’s mother was killed when she fell into a crevasse while she was holding Rudy, but that Rudy was saved by a kiss from the ice maiden. Throughout the story, the ice maiden is unwavering in her attempts to possess him. As the story progresses, it follows Rudy into adulthood. He meets and falls in love with a girl, Babette, and they are to be married, but the ice maiden finally succeeds in winning his heart and he drowns on the night before the wedding.
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