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See also To die and go to heaven
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 tale has not been translated (by Hersholt) and is therefore quoted in Danish. Further information and links.
Det seer i Grunden ængsteligt ud med den Sjæle-Hukommelse; hver Synd, hver ond Tanke vil den jo kunde repetere, da vil det komme an paa, om vi kunne gjøre Regnskab for hvert utilbørligt Ord i Hjertet og paa Læben.