The shepherdess looks quite adventurous in Kay Bojesen's interpretation with gilded shoes, a hat with gold details, and a shepherd's staff - exactly as she is described in H.C. Andersen's fairy tales. Her heart-shaped mouth emphasizes her sweetness and innocence. She is beautiful and graceful, and in the company of the Chimney Sweeper, they become as a couple a symbol of love and togetherness.
In the fairy tale about the Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweeper, the old Chinese man will force the Shepherdess to marry the Tree Devil. The couple in love decide to flee up the chimney and out into the big world, which, however, becomes a little too big for the Shepherdess. Therefore, they return, and fortunately, the situation has changed so that the old Chinese man can no longer decide the fate of the couple. Together they go through fire and water to get each other, and finally love triumphs.
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