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See also The swamp witch, The woman of the marsh
There came a soldier marching down the high road-one, two! one, two! He had his knapsack on his back and his sword at his side as he came home from the wars. On the road he met a witch, an ugly old witch, a witch whose lower lip dangled right down on her chest.
"Good evening, soldier," she said. "What a fine sword you've got there, and what a big knapsack. Aren't you every inch a soldier! And now you shall have money, as much as you please."
Comment on this quote: This quote is the first of "The Tinder Box", the first fairy tale in the first of the booklets with "Eventyr, fortalte for Børn" (Fairy tales, told for the children), issued in 1835, and the witch with the blue checked apron and the sea witch in "The Little Mermaid" from 1837 are probably the most wellknown of Andersen's witches. Witches occur mainly in the early, folklore-influenced tales, but also, for example, "The Will-o'-the-Wisps Are in Town", 1865, has a witch: "the Woman of the Marsh".