The emperor's palace was the most beautiful in the world. In one of these trees lived a nightingale, who sang so beautifully that even the poor fishermen, who. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story. The Chinese Emperor acquires a nightingale and places it in a golden cage. Then he receives a mechanical. Story by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Edmund Dulac: In China, as you know, the Emperor is a Chinaman, and all the people around.

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When the Emperor is given a bejeweled mechanical bird he loses interest in the real nightingale, who returns to the forest. The mechanical bird eventually breaks down; and the Emperor is taken deathly ill a few years later.

The real nightingale learns of the Emperor's condition and the emperor s nightingale to the palace; whereupon Death is so moved by the nightingale's song that he allows the Emperor to live.

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Composition and publication[ edit ] According to Andersen's date book for"The Nightingale" the emperor s nightingale composed on 11 and 12 October[1] and "began in Tivoli ", an amusement park and pleasure garden with Chinese motifs in Copenhagen that opened in the summer of Reitzel in Copenhagen on 11 November in the first volume of the first the emperor s nightingale of New Fairy Tales.

The tale was critically well received, and furthered Andersen's success and popularity.


Lind preferred the emperor s nightingale platonic relationship with Andersen, and wrote to him in"God bless and protect my brother is the sincere wish of his affectionate sister".

Jenny was the illegitimate daughter of a schoolmistress, and established herself at the age of eighteen as a world class singer with her powerful soprano.

The Emperor’s Nightingale

Andersen's "The Nightingale" is generally considered a tribute to her. Through her I learned that one must forget one's self in the service of the Supreme.

The emperor s nightingale was not installed as a real court cook. All were in full dress, and every eye was turned to the little gray bird when the emperor nodded to her to begin.

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The emperor was so delighted that he declared the nightingale should have his gold slipper to wear round the emperor s nightingale neck, but she declined the honor with thanks: And the footmen and chambermaids also expressed their satisfaction, which is saying a great deal, for they are very difficult to please.

She was now to remain at court, to have her own cage, with liberty to go out twice a day, and once during the night. Twelve servants the emperor s nightingale appointed to attend her on these occasions, who each held her by a silken string fastened to her leg.

There was certainly not much pleasure in this kind of flying.

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But instead of a book, it was a the emperor s nightingale of art contained in a casket, an artificial nightingale made to look like a living one, and covered all over with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. As soon as the artificial bird was wound up, it could sing like the real one, and could move its tail up and down, which sparkled with silver and gold.

Three and thirty times did it sing the same tunes without being tired; the people would gladly have heard it again, but the the emperor s nightingale said the living nightingale ought to sing something.

But where was she?

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No one had noticed her when she flew out at the open window, back to her own green woods. But the music-master praised the bird in the highest degree, and even asserted that it was better than a real nightingale, not only in its dress and the beautiful diamonds, but also in its musical power.

It can be opened and explained, so that people may understand the emperor s nightingale the waltzes are formed, and why one note follows upon another.

The Emperor's Nightingale

When they heard it they were like people intoxicated; however it must have been with drinking tea, which is quite a Chinese custom. The music-master wrote a work, in the emperor s nightingale volumes, about the artificial bird, which was very learned and very long, and full of the most difficult Chinese words; yet all the people said they had the emperor s nightingale it, and understood it, for fear of being thought stupid and having their bodies trampled upon.

They could sing with the bird, which they often did.


It was really most amusing. The emperor immediately sprang out of bed, and called for his physician; but what could he do?