Andersen Fairy Tales, Andersen-Hans Christian

The Ice Maiden-Night Visions

The Ice Maiden-Night VisionsThe Ice Maiden-Night Visions

The night was upon the land and Babette had a strange dream. She dreamed that she and Rudy had been married many years. Rudy was away hunting chamois, but she was there with the cousin instead of thinking of Rudy. The cousin led her away and she was obliged to go with him. Her clothes became torn and she felt awful. She threw herself into a chasm, but she woke up and things were fine. The wedding party left. The cats had the house to themselves.


Oh, I’ve had my fair share of nightmares about relationships recently. I feel for Babette.


Babette was scared. She loved Rudy, but she was afraid that she would still spend time with the cousin if it came down to it. She was afraid that, in her heart, she would not be faithful to Rudy. When you really do love someone, that is a terrifying thought. You never want to give the least hint that you would ever be unfaithful to them and a nightmare like Babette’s would terrify you.


Babette and Rudy really aren’t that different from the rest of us.

Weigh In

Do you think Babette would cheat on Rudy?

How about Rudy? Would he?


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