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A lucky girl It was dreadfully cold, it was snowing fast, and almost dark ; the evening —— the last evening of the old year was drawing in. But, cold and dark as it was, a little girl, with bare head and feet, was still wandering about the streets. When she left her home she had slippers on, but they were much too large for he r; indeed, properly, they belonged to her father , and had dropped off her feet whilst she was running very fast across the road, to get out of the way of two carriages. One of the slippers was not to be found, the other had been thrown by herself because running barefoot is much more convenient than running in just one shoe. She did not want to be almost run over by the bad-mannered carriages. So the little girl now walked on, her bare feet quite red and blue with the cold. She carried a small bundle of matches in her hand, and a good many more in her tattered apron. But n o one had bought any of them the live long day ; no one had given her a single penny. She dared not go home, she had sold no matches, earned not a single penny, and perhaps her father would beat he r; besides her home was
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almost as cold as the street , it was an attic ; and although the larger of the many chinks in the roof were stopped up with straw and rags. Trembling with cold and hunger , the girl thought: All of the money was spent by my father for drinking again... It would have been enough for us to have one meal tonight! Dear god! I do hope you can give this lazy sottish man some punishment! S ome small one would be fine, like...no one would sell him any beers . In a corner formed by two houses, one of which projected beyond the other. She sat down, drew a match out, and struck it against the wall, bravo! Usually the times that her father beat her would be as much as the number of lost matches, but she thought it worth. Warmth is definitely much more important than a brief physical peace. At least the warmth could give her some strength to keep away from her father’s rod. Lights were glimmering through every window, and the savor of roast goose reached her from several houses ; it was New Year's eve, no foods, no shoes, and it was of this that she thought. When will this kind of bad days come to the end? Should I go to another beautiful world to accompany my mom?
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