Andersen Fairy Tales, Andersen-Hans Christian

Lucky Peer-XVI

Lucky Peer-XVILucky Peer-XVI

Peer was wealthy now. His friends told him that he should throw parties, but Peer thought of two particular people–his mother and grandmother. One day Peer was to take them to see a house which the singing master had purchased. On the way to pick them up, he met a woman asking for alms. She had once been a dancer with Peer, but now she was separated from two husbands and needed the help of others to survive. She told Peer that he had grown into a good head.

He met his mother and grandmother and took them out into the country in style. There they found quite a nice little house with an attached greenhouse. The mother and grandmother marveled over how wonderful the house was. Peer told them they could live there the rest of their lives. It was their house. The singing master had helped Peer settle everything when purchasing the house. His grandmother and mother had provided him much and Peer was now providing for them.

They guessed a wife would come next.


This was awfully kind of Peer to do. He bought a house for his mother and grandmother. You know, I think anyone who comes into money like that should help their family out, providing their family members weren’t abusive jerks, if they were, then too bad.


Peer is paying his family back, that’s not something we all get the chance to do. My family has done a lot for me. Will I ever be able to repay them for all they’ve done? Maybe, but maybe not. If I had tons of money, I would certainly buy everyone in my family a house, but there would be rules saying they couldn’t sell it, because if they could, there would be all kinds of mess. Some of us are put in positions of greatness to help the people who helped us get there.

Peer had talent, lots of it, but who encouraged him? Who got him auditions? Who taught him? Who taught him manners? Who loved him? It was because of these actions from others that Peer was as successful as he became. He owed something to them. These people did these things out of the kindness of their hearts, but it was also an investment on their part. Call it the Golden Rule or call it Karma, whatever you want to say it is–you do good things and good things will eventually come back around to you.

Peer turned out to be a really good guy despite coming from humble beginnings.


I hope his mother and grandmother never had to worry another second in their lives.

Weigh In

Do you think Peer owed his family? Why or why not?

Do you think family members sometimes expect payment for treating a person well?


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