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Hans Christian Andersen

Snježna kraljica. Bajka u sedam priča

Hans Christian Andersen

The Snow Queen

S ilustracijama Vilhelma Pedersena.

with illustrations of Vilhelm Pedersen

Prva priča — Ogledalo i rbine

Story the First, Which Describes a Looking-Glass and the Broken Fragments

Hajde da počnemo. Kad završimo priču, znat ćemo više nego što sad znamo. Čujmo, dakle: Bio jednom zao duh, hud do zla boga, pravi ñavo.

You must attend to the commencement of this story, for when we get to the end we shall know more than we do now about a very wicked hobgoblin; he was one of the very worst, for he was a real demon.

Jednog dana bijaše osobito dobre volje, jer je načinio neobično ogledalo: sve dobro i lijepo što se u njemu ogledalo, rasplinjavalo se i gubilo, a sve što ne valja i što je ružno, isticalo se i još ružnije bivalo.

One day, when he was in a merry mood, he made a looking-glass which had the power of making everything good or beautiful that was reflected in it almost shrink to nothing, while everything that was worthless and bad looked increased in size and worse than ever.

Najljepši zeleni vidici u tom ogledalu postajahu poput kuhana zelja, a najbolji ljudi bijahu ružni ili stajahu na glavi i pokazivahu se bez trupa: lice bi im se tako izobličavalo da ih nikako nisi mogao poznati; ako li je tkogod imao pjegu na licu, mogaše biti siguran da će mu se u onom ogledalu razvući preko nosa i prekriti mu usta.

The most lovely landscapes appeared like boiled spinach, and the people became hideous, and looked as if they stood on their heads and had no bodies. Their countenances were so distorted that no one could recognize them, and even one freckle on the face appeared to spread over the whole of the nose and mouth.

Divne li zabave! — uzradova se ñavo. Čovjek u kome bi se porodila dobra i pobožna misao u tom bi se ogledalu cerio i kreveljio, tako te se ñavo grohotom smijao uživajući u tome svom umještvu.

The demon said this was very amusing. When a good or pious thought passed through the mind of any one it was misrepresented in the glass; and then how the demon laughed at his cunning invention.

Svi ñavolovi ñaci — jer ñavo imaše svoju školu — bajali na sva usta kakvo se čudo zbilo. Sad se istom može pravo vidjeti, mišljahu vražji ñaci, kakav je svijet i kakvi su ljudi.

All who went to the demon’s school—for he kept a school—talked everywhere of the wonders they had seen, and declared that people could now, for the first time, see what the world and mankind were really like.

S onim ogledalom obigraše svijet, tako te naposljetku ne bî zemlje ni čovjeka što se u njem ne ogledaše i ne vidješe iskrivljeni.

They carried the glass about everywhere, till at last there was not a land nor a people who had not been looked at through this distorted mirror.

Prohtjede se tome paklenom soju i na samo nebo uzletjeti, da na sprdnju uzmu anñele i Gospoda. I što su više k nebesima s ogledalom letjeli, to se ono sve više cerilo i treslo, da su ga jedva u rukama držali. Letjeli su sve više i više, sve bliže Bogu i anñelima. Ogledalo se tako strahovito treslo cereći se da im je ispalo iz ruku, tresnulo o zemlju, razbilo se i razletjelo u komadiće,

They wanted even to fly with it up to heaven to see the angels, but the higher they flew the more slippery the glass became, and they could scarcely hold it, till at last it slipped from their hands, fell to the earth, and was broken into millions of pieces.

u milijune i milijune rbina i zrnaca. A sada nastade još veća nesreća negoli prije:

But now the looking-glass caused more unhappiness than ever, for some of the fragments were not so large as a grain of sand, and they flew about the world into every country.

neki se komadići tog ogledala — čestice sićušne kao zrnca sitnog pijeska — razletješe bijelim svijetom, pa gdje bi se ljudima koja čestica u oko natrunila, ondje bi ostala, tako te bi ljudi vidjeli sve naopako, ili bi barem u svemu vidjeli samo ono što je krivo, zlo i naopako. Svaki, naime, trunak ogledala bijaše dijelom cjeline, imaše moć i svojstva što ih je samo ogledalo imalo.

When one of these tiny atoms flew into a person’s eye, it stuck there unknown to him, and from that moment he saw everything through a distorted medium, or could see only the worst side of what he looked at, for even the smallest fragment retained the same power which had belonged to the whole mirror.

Ponekim ljudima zañe staklovina i u srce, a otad im ono — da strašna li udesa — bješe kao zalomak leda.

Some few persons even got a fragment of the looking-glass in their hearts, and this was very terrible, for their hearts became cold like a lump of ice.

Bijaše i većih komada razbijenog ogledala: od njih su ljudi načinili okna, ali kroz takva okna nije valjalo gledati svoje prijatelje.

A few of the pieces were so large that they could be used as window-panes; it would have been a sad thing to look at our friends through them.

Neki se komadići upotrijebiše za stakla na naočarima — ali teško svijetu otkad ljudi na nos nataknuše takve naočari da dobro vide i pravedno sude. Hudoba se grohotom smijala, vrag hihotao da mu se sve trbuh tresao, a to ga ugodno golicalo.

Other pieces were made into spectacles; this was dreadful for those who wore them, for they could see nothing either rightly or justly. At all this the wicked demon laughed till his sides shook—it tickled him so to see the mischief he had done.

A vani zrakom i dalje letjele sitne čestice staklovine, kako ćemo sada čuti.

There were still a number of these little fragments of glass floating about in the air, and now you shall hear what happened with one of them.

Druga priča — Dječak i djevojčica

Second Story: A Little Boy and a Little Girl

U velikom gradu, gdje je toliko kuća i ljudi te ne može svatko imati svoj vrtić, nego se većina mora zadovoljiti cvijećem u loncima — u tome velikom gradu živjelo dvoje uboge djece što imahu vrtić nešto veći od lonca za cvijeće.

In a large town, full of houses and people, there is not room for everybody to have even a little garden, therefore they are obliged to be satisfied with a few flowers in flower-pots. In one of these large towns lived two poor children who had a garden something larger and better than a few flower-pots.

Dječak i djevojčica nisu bili brat i sestra, ali su se voljeli kao da su prava braća.

They were not brother and sister, but they loved each other almost as much as if they had been.

Roditelji im stanovahu u najbližem susjedstvu, jedni sučelice drugima, u potkrovlju dviju kuća: krov se jednog susjeda doticao krova drugoga, a izmeñu krovova bijaše žlijeb. Iz jedne i druge potkrovnice gledao malen prozor:

Their parents lived opposite to each other in two garrets, where the roofs of neighboring houses projected out towards each other and the water-pipe ran between them.

prekoračiš li žlijeb, eto te s jednog prozora na drugi.

In each house was a little window, so that any one could step across the gutter from one window to the other.

I jedni i drugi roditelji imali pred prozorom povelik drven sanduk u kojem je raslo nešto najpotrebnije zeleni za kuhinju; osim toga, kako u jednom tako i u drugom sanduku rastao malen ružin grm na kojem su ruže bujno cvale.

The parents of these children had each a large wooden box in which they cultivated kitchen herbs for their own use, and a little rose-bush in each box, which grew splendidly.

Roditelji se dosjetiše da sanduke stave poprijeko na žlijeb, slijeva i zdesna, tako te sad sanduci gotovo dopirahu od jednoga do drugoga prozora, kao da su dvije lijehe, dva cvjetna bedema.

Now after a while the parents decided to place these two boxes across the water-pipe, so that they reached from one window to the other and looked like two banks of flowers.

Grašak se spuštao niza sanduke u zelenim vijencima, grmovi ruže pustili duge grančice, prepletale se one oko prozora i svijale poput kakva malog slavoluka od vriježa, lišća i cvijeća.

Sweet-peas drooped over the boxes, and the rose-bushes shot forth long branches, which were trained round the windows and clustered together almost like a triumphal arch of leaves and flowers.

Kako su sanduci bili visoki, a djeca znala da se ne smiju penjati, to im roditelji često dopuštahu da poñu jedno drugome, te bi sjela na svoje klupice pod ružinim grmom i lijepo se igrala.

The boxes were very high, and the children knew they must not climb upon them, without permission, but they were often, however, allowed to step out together and sit upon their little stools under the rose-bushes, or play quietly.

A kad bi zima došla, i njihova bi radost prestala. Prozori često bijahu sasvim zamrznuti, ali su djeca grijala bakarne novčiće na peći, stavljala vrući novčić na zamrzlo okno, a nato se topio led i stvarala okrugla rupica na staklu; iza rupice na jednom i drugom prozoru gledalo milo i blago oko: za jednim prozorom stajao dječak, za drugim djevojčica.

In winter all this pleasure came to an end, for the windows were sometimes quite frozen over. But then they would warm copper pennies on the stove, and hold the warm pennies against the frozen pane; there would be very soon a little round hole through which they could peep, and the soft bright eyes of the little boy and girl would beam through the hole at each window as they looked at each other.

Dječaku bijaše ime Kay, djevojčica se zvala Gerda.

Their names were Kay and Gerda.

Ljeti mogahu jednim skokom biti jedno kraj drugoga, a da se zimi nañu zajedno, valjalo je silaziti niza stube, niz tolike stube, i opet se uspinjati; a vani snijeg mete.

In summer they could be together with one jump from the window, but in winter they had to go up and down the long staircase, and out through the snow before they could meet.

— Bijele se pčele roje — kaziva baka.

“See there are the white bees swarming,” said Kay’s old grandmother one day when it was snowing.

— Imaju li bijele pčele maticu, svoju kraljicu? — pitao dječak, jer je znao da je prave pčele imaju.

“Have they a queen bee?” asked the little boy, for he knew that the real bees had a queen.

— Imaju — odgovori baka. — Ona je ondje gdje je roj najgušći: najveća je od sviju, nikad se na zemlji ne smiruje, već uvijek odlijeće u crni oblak. Za mnoge zimske noći leti gradskim ulicama i proviruje kroz prozore, a nato se stakla, od njezina pogleda, smrznu i okite bijelim cvijećem.

“To be sure they have,” said the grandmother. “She is flying there where the swarm is thickest. She is the largest of them all, and never remains on the earth, but flies up to the dark clouds. Often at midnight she flies through the streets of the town, and looks in at the windows, then the ice freezes on the panes into wonderful shapes, that look like flowers and castles.”

— Jest, jest, to sam već vidio — prihvaća dječak.
— I ja, i ja! — uzvikuje djevojčica.
Oboje znaju da je to živa istina.

“Yes, I have seen them,” said both the children, and they knew it must be true.

— A može li snježna kraljica ovamo k nama? — pita djevojčica.

“Can the Snow Queen come in here?” asked the little girl.

— Neka samo doñe — uzvikuje dječak — stavit ću je na toplu peć, pa će se rastopiti.

“Only let her come,” said the boy, “I’ll set her on the stove and then she’ll melt.”

Baka ga pomilova po kosi i uze pričati druge priče.

Then the grandmother smoothed his hair and told him some more tales.

Uvečer se mali Kay, kada bijaše kod kuće i kad se spremaše u postelju, pope na stolac kraj prozora i poče gledati kroz rupicu na oknu. Vani padale snježne pahuljice, a jedna izmeñu njih, najveća meñu svima, zastade na rubu sanduka za cvijeće. Pahuljica je sve više i više rasla, dok se najposlije ne pretvori u cijelu ženu, uvijenu u najtanji bijeli veo, satkan od milijuna snježnih zvjezdica.

One evening, when little Kay was at home, half undressed, he climbed on a chair by the window and peeped out through the little hole. A few flakes of snow were falling, and one of them, rather larger than the rest, alighted on the edge of one of the flower boxes. This snow-flake grew larger and larger, till at last it became the figure of a woman, dressed in garments of white gauze, which looked like millions of starry snow-flakes linked together.

Bješe krasna, bajna, ali sva od leda, sjajna blještava leda — a ipak bijaše živa. Oči joj blistahu poput dviju jasnih zvijezda, živahno pogledahu, nigdje da stanu.

She was fair and beautiful, but made of ice—shining and glittering ice. Still she was alive and her eyes sparkled like bright stars, but there was neither peace nor rest in their glance.

Kimnu glavom prema prozoru i mahnu rukom. Dječak se uplaši, skoči sa stolca, a uto kao da vani, upravo pokraj prozora, proletje velika ptica.

She nodded towards the window and waved her hand. The little boy was frightened and sprang from the chair; at the same moment it seemed as if a large bird flew by the window.

Sutradan mraz zabijelio, ojužilo, i eto ti proljeća na vrata. Sunce zasjalo, pokazalo se zelenilo, lastavice gnijezda gradile, okna se širom otvorila, a dječak i djevojčica opet sjedili u svome vrtiću gore na žlijebu, povrh svih katova.

On the following day there was a clear frost, and very soon came the spring. The sun shone; the young green leaves burst forth; the swallows built their nests; windows were opened, and the children sat once more in the garden on the roof, high above all the other rooms.

Ljetos su ruže krasno cvale. Djevojčica je naučila neku pjesmicu u kojoj se i ruže spominju; pri spomenu o ružama sjetila bi se svojih, te bi dječaku zapjevala, a on s njome:

How beautiful the roses blossomed this summer. The little girl had learnt a hymn in which roses were spoken of, and then she thought of their own roses, and she sang the hymn to the little boy, and he sang too:—

Ruže cvatu, a kad proñu,
Božića nam dani doñu.

“Roses bloom and cease to be,
But we shall the Christ-child see.”

I dječica, držeći se za ruke, cjelivahu ruže, gledahu svjetlost Božjeg sunca i razgovarahu s njome…

Then the little ones held each other by the hand, and kissed the roses, and looked at the bright sunshine, and spoke to it as if the Christ-child were there.

Da krasnih li ljetnih dana, divnih li časova vani, meñu svježim ružicama, što su cvale kao da nikad neće prestati: mislio bi, dovijeka će tako cvasti.

Those were splendid summer days. How beautiful and fresh it was out among the rose-bushes, which seemed as if they would never leave off blooming.

Kay i Gerda sjeñahu i gledahu slikovnicu, punu životinja i ptica, kadli Kay, baš kad je ura na velikom crkvenom tornju izbijala pet sati, odjednom povika:
— Jao, nešto me u srce ubode! Sad mi opet nešto u oko upade!

One day Kay and Gerda sat looking at a book full of pictures of animals and birds, and then just as the clock in the church tower struck twelve, Kay said, “Oh, something has struck my heart!” and soon after, “There is something in my eye.”

Djevojčica mu stavi ruku oko vrata, on treptaše očima, ali se nije ništa moglo vidjeti.

The little girl put her arm round his neck, and looked into his eye, but she could see nothing.

— Čini mi se da je izišlo — reče dječak. Ali nije izišlo.

“I think it is gone,” he said. But it was not gone;

U oko mu zašao trunak staklovine od onoga razbijenog, ñavoljeg ogledala — još ga se sjećamo — ogledala u kojemu se sve što je plemenito i lijepo, oglédalo kao nisko i ružno, a svaka se greška i mana odmah isticala i vidjela.

it was one of those bits of the looking-glass—that magic mirror, of which we have spoken—the ugly glass which made everything great and good appear small and ugly, while all that was wicked and bad became more visible, and every little fault could be plainly seen.

Ubogi Kay! Čestice mu te staklovine i u srce zašle; srce će mu doskora postati komad leda.

Poor little Kay had also received a small grain in his heart, which very quickly turned to a lump of ice.

Nije ga više boljelo, ali je trunak ondje ostao.

He felt no more pain, but the glass was there still.

— Zašto plačeš? — upita Kay djevojčicu. — Tako postaješ ružna! Nije mi ništa!
— Gle! — povika opet dječak. — Onu ružu crv izjeda! A ova se sasvim nakrivila! Zaista su ružne!
Ružne kô i sanduci u kojima rastu! I nogom udari u sanduk i otkide dvije ruže.

“Why do you cry?” said he at last; “it makes you look ugly. There is nothing the matter with me now. Oh, see!” he cried suddenly, “that rose is worm-eaten, and this one is quite crooked. After all they are ugly roses, just like the box in which they stand,” and then he kicked the boxes with his foot, and pulled off the two roses.

— Kay, što radiš! — uzviknu djevojčica. Kada dječak vidje koliko se djevojčica uplašila, on otkide još jednu ružu i kroz prozor uskoči u svoju sobu, ostavivši dobru, malu Gerdu samu.

“Kay, what are you doing?” cried the little girl; and then, when he saw how frightened she was, he tore off another rose, and jumped through his own window away from little Gerda.

Kad bi kasnije Gerda došla sa slikovnicom, dječak bi govorio kako je slikovnica za djecu u kolijevci, a kada bi baka pripovijedala priče, Kay bi neprestano zanovijetao. Kad bi mu se pružila prilika, Kay bi se šuljao za bakom, natakao bi na nos njezine naočari i oponašao je u govoru; umio je izvrsno oponašati, te se svatko smijao. Ubrzo je znao svakoga, iz cijele ulice, oponašati u govoru i hodu.

When she afterwards brought out the picture book, he said, “It was only fit for babies in long clothes,” and when grandmother told any stories, he would interrupt her with “but;”. Or, when he could manage it, he would get behind her chair, put on a pair of spectacles, and imitate her very cleverly, to make people laugh.

Sve što na kome bijaše neobično ili ružno,

By-and-by he began to mimic the speech and gait of persons in the street.

sve je Kay zapažao, sve oponašao, tako te ljudi govorahu: »Glavica je u njega, glavica!«
A svemu zapravo uzrokom bijaše čestica staklovine što mu se u oko natrunila i u srce zabola; zato je i malu Gerdu zadirkivao, djevojčicu koja ga je svim srcem voljela.

All that was peculiar or disagreeable in a person he would imitate directly, and people said, “That boy will be very clever; he has a remarkable genius.” But it was the piece of glass in his eye, and the coldness in his heart, that made him act like this. He would even tease little Gerda, who loved him with all her heart.

I njegove igre postadoše sasvim drugačije negoli prije, bijahu nekako razboritije. Jednoga zimskog dana, kad su padale snježne pahuljice, dječak doñe s velikim povećalom, ispruži rukav na snijeg, da se uhvati koja pahuljica.

His games, too, were quite different; they were not so childish. One winter’s day, when it snowed, he brought out a burning-glass, then he held out the tail of his blue coat, and let the snow-flakes fall upon it.

— Ded pogledaj u staklo, Gerda! — kaza dječak. A pod staklom svaka snježna pahuljica bila jako uvećana i pretvarala se u krasan cvijet ili u šestokraku zvijezdu. Bijaše ih zaista lijepo vidjeti.

“Look in this glass, Gerda,” said he; and she saw how every flake of snow was magnified, and looked like a beautiful flower or a glittering star.

— Vidiš li kako su lijepe! — reče Kay. — Zar nisu zanimljivije negoli prave ruže? I kakve li pravilnosti! Nigdje greške. Šteta samo što se tope.

“Is it not clever?” said Kay, “and much more interesting than looking at real flowers. There is not a single fault in it, and the snow-flakes are quite perfect till they begin to melt.”

Nedugo zatim doñe Kay s velikim rukavicama i saonicama na leñima te viknu Gerdi na uho:
— Dopustili mi da se sanjkam na velikom trgu, gdje se i drugi igraju.
I nestade ga.

Soon after Kay made his appearance in large thick gloves, and with his sledge at his back. He called up stairs to Gerda, “I’ve got to leave to go into the great square, where the other boys play and ride.” And away he went.

Ondje bi na trgu smioniji dječaci privezivali svoje saonice za seljačke saone, te bi se tako podosta vozili. Bijaše zaista veselo.

In the great square, the boldest among the boys would often tie their sledges to the country people’s carts, and go with them a good way. This was capital.

U najvećem jeku igre naiñoše velike saone, bijelo obojene; u njima sjedila prilika, sva umotana u bijelu bundu, s bijelom šubarom na glavi. Saone dvaput zavezoše oko trga, a naš Kay brže-bolje priveza svoje saonice za njih, pa hajde za njima.

But while they were all amusing themselves, and Kay with them, a great sledge came by; it was painted white, and in it sat some one wrapped in a rough white fur, and wearing a white cap. The sledge drove twice round the square, and Kay fastened his own little sledge to it, so that when it went away, he followed with it.

Saone jurile sve brže i brže, a onda zaokrenuše u obližnju ulicu. Prilika što je sjedila u saonama okrenu glavu te prijazno kimnu Kayu, kao da su stari znanci. Kad god bi dječak htio da odveže svoje saonice, ona bi mu prilika svaki put kimnula glavom, te bi se Kay dalje vozio. I tako proñoše kroz gradska vrata te iziñoše iz grada.

It went faster and faster right through the next street, and then the person who drove turned round and nodded pleasantly to Kay, just as if they were acquainted with each other, but whenever Kay wished to loosen his little sledge the driver nodded again, so Kay sat still, and they drove out through the town gate.

Osuo gust snijeg, zavila mećava, tako da dječak ni prsta pred nosom nije vidio. A saone dalje jure. Kay brzo prihvati za konopac da odveže svoje saonice, ali zaludu: saonice se čvrsto držale saona, kao da su za njih prirasle, i jurile kao vihor.

Then the snow began to fall so heavily that the little boy could not see a hand’s breadth before him, but still they drove on; then he suddenly loosened the cord so that the large sled might go on without him, but it was of no use, his little carriage held fast, and away they went like the wind.

Dječak poče iz svega glasa vikati, ali ga nitko ne ču; mećava i dalje vila, a saonice za saonama letjele kao da ih vjetar nosi. Kadikad bi odskočile, kao da prelaze preko graba i živica.

Then he called out loudly, but nobody heard him, while the snow beat upon him, and the sledge flew onwards. Every now and then it gave a jump as if it were going over hedges and ditches.

Htio je izmoliti molitvu, no sveñer mu na um padao veliki jedanput jedan.

The boy was frightened, and tried to say a prayer, but he could remember nothing but the multiplication table.

Snježne se pahuljice krunile u veće pahulje što su sveudilj rasle, dok naposljetku ne bijahu kao velike bijele kokoši. Odjednom se maknuše ustranu, saone stadoše, a prilika što je u njima sjedila ustade i uspravi se: bunda joj i šubara bijahu od samoga snijega. Pokaza se žena, tanka i visoka, sjajnom bjelinom prelivena: bješe to Snježna kraljica.

The snow-flakes became larger and larger, till they appeared like great white chickens. All at once they sprang on one side, the great sledge stopped, and the person who had driven it rose up. The fur and the cap, which were made entirely of snow, fell off, and he saw a lady, tall and white, it was the Snow Queen.

— Dobro se provozasmo! — napomenu ona. — Na toj ćeš se zimi živ smrznuti! Uvuci se u moju medvjeñu bundu!
To govoreći stavi ga kraj sebe u saone i krznom ga umota: bijaše mu kao da u meki snijeg tone.

“We have driven well,” said she, “but why do you tremble? here, creep into my warm fur.” Then she seated him beside her in the sledge, and as she wrapped the fur round him he felt as if he were sinking into a snow drift.

— Je li ti još hladno? — upita ga i poljubi u čelo.

“Are you still cold,” she asked, as she kissed him on the forehead.

Uh! bijaše taj cjelov hladniji od leda, hladnoćom ga prože do srca, koje već napol bijaše komad leda. Učini mu se kao da će umrijeti — ali samo načas, jer mu odmah odlanu, te više i nije ćutio studeni što je stezala svuda naokolo.

The kiss was colder than ice; it went quite through to his heart, which was already almost a lump of ice; he felt as if he were going to die, but only for a moment; he soon seemed quite well again, and did not notice the cold around him.

— Saonice, moje saonice! Ne zaboravi ih! — prisjeti se Kay, komu saonice bijahu prva pomisao. No saonice mu bjehu privezane za jednu izmeñu bijelih koka, a ta je s njima jurila za velikim saonama.

“My sledge! don’t forget my sledge,” was his first thought, and then he looked and saw that it was bound fast to one of the white chickens, which flew behind him with the sledge at its back.

Snježna kraljica još jednom poljubi Kaya, a on zaboravi malu Gerdu, baku i sve kod kuće.

The Snow Queen kissed little Kay again, and by this time he had forgotten little Gerda, his grandmother, and all at home.

— Neću te više poljubiti — reče Snježna kraljica — jer bi poginuo od mojih cjelova.

“Now you must have no more kisses,” she said, “or I should kiss you to death.”

Kay je pogleda — bijaše tako lijepa. Pametnijeg i ljepšeg lica nije mogao zamisliti. Sad mu se nije činila onako ledena kao one večeri kad ju je vidio pred prozorom i kad mu je mahnula rukom.

Kay looked at her, and saw that she was so beautiful, he could not imagine a more lovely and intelligent face; she did not now seem to be made of ice, as when he had seen her through his window, and she had nodded to him.

U njegovim očima bijaše uzvišena, te se više nije bojao; kaza joj kako umije napamet računati, čak i s razlomcima, i kako za svaku zemlju zna koliko joj četvornih milja iznosi površina i koliko ima pučanstva. A ona se na sve samo smiješila. Učini mu se da sve ono što zna nije ništa, pa se zagleda u beskrajno nebesko prostorje, u neizmjerni svemir. Snježna je kraljica s njime letjela visoko, visoko, gore u tamne oblake, dok je mećava vila i vjetar hučio kao da pjeva stare pjesme.

In his eyes she was perfect, and he did not feel at all afraid. He told her he could do mental arithmetic, as far as fractions, and that he knew the number of square miles and the number of inhabitants in the country. And she always smiled so that he thought he did not know enough yet, and she looked round the vast expanse as she flew higher and higher with him upon a black cloud, while the storm blew and howled as if it were singing old songs.

Letjeli su iznad šuma i jezera, promicali povrh mora, prolazili iznad dola, hladan vjetar pod njima šibao, vuci zavijali, snijeg svjetlucao, a nad njima vrane prelijetale i graktale; nad svime sjao mjesec, velik i jasan, a Kay ga gledao svu noć, zimsku, dugu. Danju je spavao Snježnoj kraljici uza skute.

They flew over woods and lakes, over sea and land; below them roared the wild wind; the wolves howled and the snow crackled; over them flew the black screaming crows, and above all shone the moon, clear and bright,—and so Kay passed through the long winter’s night, and by day he slept at the feet of the Snow Queen.

Treća priča — U cvjetnjaku žene koja zna čarati

Third Story: The Flower Garden of the Woman Who Could Conjure

Što se dogañalo s malom Gerdom otkad se Kay nije vratio?

But how fared little Gerda during Kay’s absence?

Kud li se dječak mogao odmetnuti? Nitko to ne mogaše reći, nitko to nije znao ni slutio. Dječaci pripovijedahu kako su ga vidjeli kad je svoje saonice privezao za velike, lijepe saone što su prošle kroz ulice i na gradska vrata izišle.

What had become of him, no one knew, nor could any one give the slightest information, excepting the boys, who said that he had tied his sledge to another very large one, which had driven through the street, and out at the town gate.

Ali nitko nije znao gdje bi dječak mogao biti. Mnoge se suze za njim proliše, gorko i dugo plakaše mala Gerda. Mišljahu da je mrtav, da se utopio u rijeci štono teče pokraj grada. Bijahu to teški zimski dani, tužni i žalosni.

Nobody knew where it went; many tears were shed for him, and little Gerda wept bitterly for a long time. She said she knew he must be dead; that he was drowned in the river which flowed close by the school. Oh, indeed those long winter days were very dreary.

Najposlije doñe i proljeće, granu toplo sunce.

But at last spring came, with warm sunshine.

— Kay je mrtav, nema ga više! — tugovala mala Gerda.

“Kay is dead and gone,” said little Gerda.

— Nije tako — tješio je sunčev sjaj.

“I don’t believe it,” said the sunshine.

— Mrtav je, nema ga više! — jadala se lastavicama.

“He is dead and gone,” she said to the sparrows.

— Nije tako — uzvraćale laste, te i Gerda naposljetku povjerova da nije tako.

“We don’t believe it,” they replied; and at last little Gerda began to doubt it herself.

— Obut ću nove, crvene cipelice što ih Kay još nije vidio, pa ću poći na rijeku; pitat ću je za njega — reče Gerda jednog jutra.

“I will put on my new red shoes,” she said one morning, “those that Kay has never seen, and then I will go down to the river, and ask for him.”

I zaista toga jutra rano ustane, u sam osvit zore, poljubi baku, koja je još spavala, obuje crvene cipelice i sama samcata proñe kroz gradska vrata, ravno na rijeku.

It was quite early when she kissed her old grandmother, who was still asleep; then she put on her red shoes, and went quite alone out of the town gates toward the river.

— Je li istina — zapita ona rijeku — da si mi uzela maloga druga s kim se igram? Poklonit ću ti svoje crvene cipele ako mi ga vratiš.

“Is it true that you have taken my little playmate away from me?” said she to the river. “I will give you my red shoes if you will give him back to me.”

I pričini joj se kao da joj valovi čudnovato kimaju; stoga svuče crvene cipelice, najdraže što ih je imala, pa ih baci u rijeku. Ali cipelice padoše tik uz obalu, a mali joj ih valovi opet na žal iznesoše. Kao da je rijeka time pokazala kako neće Gerdinih cipelica — najmilije što djevojčica ima — jer u rijeci nema Kaya.

And it seemed as if the waves nodded to her in a strange manner. Then she took off her red shoes, which she liked better than anything else, and threw them both into the river, but they fell near the bank, and the little waves carried them back to the land, just as if the river would not take from her what she loved best, because they could not give her back little Kay.

Mala Gerda pomisli da ih nije dovoljno daleko bacila, pa stoga uñe u čamac što bijaše u trščaku, poñe čamcu na drugi kraj, na kljun, te odande cipelice baci u vodu. No čun ne bijaše privezan: od Gerdinih se pokreta čunak zaljuljao i počeo kliziti od obale.

But she thought the shoes had not been thrown out far enough. Then she crept into a boat that lay among the reeds, and threw the shoes again from the farther end of the boat into the water, but it was not fastened. And her movement sent it gliding away from the land.

Djevojčica to opazi te se požuri da iskoči na obalu, ali dok je ona došla na drugi kraj, čun se već dobar lakat otisnuo i počeo brže kliziti niz vodu.

When she saw this she hastened to reach the end of the boat, but before she could so it was more than a yard from the bank, and drifting away faster than ever.

Uplašila se mala Gerda i briznula u plač, ali je nitko ne ču osim vrabaca, a oni je ne mogahu na obalu prenijeti; samo su letjeli duž obale i cvrkutali kao da je žele utješiti: »Živ-živ! To smo mi!«

Then little Gerda was very much frightened, and began to cry, but no one heard her except the sparrows, and they could not carry her to land, but they flew along by the shore, and sang, as if to comfort her, “Here we are! Here we are!”

A čamac meñuto klizio niz rijeku. Mala Gerda uvukla dušu, prestrašena sjedila u čamcu, sa samim bječvicama na nogama. Za njom plovile njezine crvene cipelice, ali ne mogahu čuna stići, jer je sve brže odmicao.

The boat floated with the stream; little Gerda sat quite still with only her stockings on her feet; the red shoes floated after her, but she could not reach them because the boat kept so much in advance.

Na obalama ljepota i milina: krasno cvijeće, staro drveće, zeleni obronci po kojima pasu ovce i krave, ali nigdje žive duše.

The banks on each side of the river were very pretty. There were beautiful flowers, old trees, sloping fields, in which cows and sheep were grazing, but not a man to be seen.

»Možda me rijeka nosi malom Kayu«, pomisli Gerda i na tu se pomisao razvedri. Uspravila se u čamcu te je sate i sate promatrala krasne zelene obale.

Perhaps the river will carry me to little Kay, thought Gerda, and then she became more cheerful, and raised her head, and looked at the beautiful green banks; and so the boat sailed on for hours.

Ploveći tako stiže napokon do velika voćnjaka, gdje se drveće nakitilo trešnjama i gdje bijaše koliba s prekrasnim crvenim i modrim oknima, slamom pokrivena, a pred njom dva vojnika od drveta što držahu pušku na pozdrav svakome tko bi mimo njih projedrio.

At length she came to a large cherry orchard, in which stood a small red house with strange red and blue windows. It had also a thatched roof, and outside were two wooden soldiers, that presented arms to her as she sailed past.

Gerda im povika, misleći da su živi, ali se oni, naravno, ne odazvaše. Djevojčica im još bliže doplovi, jer je sada rijeka čun potjerala kraju.

Gerda called out to them, for she thought they were alive, but of course they did not answer. And as the boat drifted nearer to the shore, she saw what they really were.

Gerda im još jače povika, a nato iz kolibe iziñe starica; bijaše veoma stara, u hodu se o štap opiraše; imaše velik slamni šešir, kojim se štiti od sunčane žege, a po njem islikano najubavije cvijeće.

Then Gerda called still louder, and there came a very old woman out of the house, leaning on a crutch. She wore a large hat to shade her from the sun, and on it were painted all sorts of pretty flowers.

— Ubogo moje dijete! — prozbori starica. — Kako si samo dospjela na tu silnu rijeku i u tuñ se svijet otisnula?
I starica siñe do vode, zakvači čun štapom, privuče ga žalu te izvede malu Gerdu.

“You poor little child,” said the old woman, “how did you manage to come all this distance into the wide world on such a rapid rolling stream?” And then the old woman walked in the water, seized the boat with her crutch, drew it to land, and lifted Gerda out.

Obveseli se djevojčica što je opet nogom stala na suho, ali se ipak ponešto uplaši nepoznate starice.

And Gerda was glad to feel herself on dry ground, although she was rather afraid of the strange old woman.

— Hodi i kazuj mi tko si i kako si ovamo stigla — reče joj starica.

“Come and tell me who you are,” said she, “and how came you here.”