When one thinks of Charles Dickens the Tale of two Cities, there are also thoughts of other stories based on those times. Hans Christian Anderson also wrote something about the times. In fact it doesn’t matter the time setting, what was written can be fit into today’s times.
The story goes like this, it is about a girl forced to sell matches on the streets. This time around she did not sell enough and was afraid to go home because she will face a beating. Instead she cowered under a building Shivering and lighting a match to keep warm. Each time she lit a match she saw some type of vision. A vision of hopes and dreams; as a shooting star appears in the night sky, she sees the vision of her grandmother, the only person who ever treated her well appear, took her by the hand and said come with me. In the morning the girl’s lifeless body was found, she froze to death with many un-lit matches that she could have used to save herself if she lit a fire, but didn’t cause she perhaps she was too afraid to face the wrath of a beating for using the matches instead of selling them.
A sad fairy tale, but most fairy tales are rooted in tragedy……