La Grosse Aiguille
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The Darning Needle
For ‘La Grosse Aiguille’ (‘The Darning Needle’), a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a big needle who accuses those around her of being self-centred while she is unaware of how conceited she is herself. As part of her delusion she fancies she is much more delicate than she really is. The story was first published in 1845 as part of a collection of fairy tales for children.
From drawings by Françoise Taylor