Almost everyone knows
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale "Thumbelina" from his childhood and
remembers its happy ending…
As for me, I was always
interested in fate of one very nice character, whom the famous
tale-teller devoted only several lines:
graceful little white butterfly constantly fluttered round her, and at
last alighted on the leaf. Tiny took off her girdle and tied one end of
it round the butterfly, and the other end of the ribbon she fastened to
the leaf, which now glided on much faster than ever, taking little Tiny
with it as she stood. Presently a large cockchafer flew by; the moment
he caught sight of her, he seized her round her delicate waist with his
claws, and flew with her into a tree. The green leaf floated away on the
brook, and the butterfly flew with it, for he was fastened to it, and
could not get away.
frightened little Tiny felt when the cockchafer flew with her to the
tree! But especially was she sorry for the beautiful white butterfly
which she had fastened to the leaf, for if he could not free himself he
would die of hunger."
What happened to that
small kind-hearted hero? That nice butterfly turned to be unfairly
forgotten. This fact inspired me on making the figure called "Friendly
butterfly". I wanted to show his happy but short flight, let us hope it
was not the last one.