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Deeds, mind, good, evil, settling one's account, God, St Peter

Description of this motif: In some of Andersen's fairy tales people have their life's account of good and evil deeds, sometimes also thoughts, settled after death, before the gates of heaven. "Something", " Kept Secret but not Forgotten" and "The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf" are three obvious examples of this theme.


The tales are sorted by year. The leading numbers refer to the number of occurrences of the motif in the respective texts.

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