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Keywords:

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.

Example :

And that is why she does so many good deeds and remembers all those in the poor homes about her and in the rich homes, too, where there also are afflicted people. Her deeds are done in secret, and kept secret, but they are not forgotten by our Lord.

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