1 "Something common, is it not," said the shadow.
2 "Then I was in the antechamber," said the shadow.
3 Years and days passed away, then the shadow came again.
4 "You are right," said the shadow, who was now the proper master.
5 He made himself little; he made himself great: but no shadow came again.
6 "I think my shadow is the only living thing one sees over there," said the learned man.
7 This annoyed him: not so much because the shadow was gone, but because he knew there was a story about a man without a shadow.
8 The light burnt in the room behind him; and thus it was quite natural that his shadow should fall on his opposite neighbor's wall.
9 The door stands half-open: now the shadow should be cunning, and go into the room, look about, and then come and tell me what it had seen.
10 The stranger rose, and his shadow on the opposite neighbor's balcony rose also; the stranger turned round and the shadow also turned round.
11 He had placed the light directly behind him, for he knew that the shadow would always have its master for a screen, but he could not entice it.
12 It was vexatious; but in the warm lands everything grows so quickly; and after the lapse of eight days he observed, to his great joy, that a new shadow came in the sunshine.
13 "Now I shall tell you my adventures," said the shadow; and then he sat, with the polished boots, as heavily as he could, on the arm of the learned man's new shadow, which lay like a poodle-dog at his feet.
14 Yes, I will tell you all about it," said the shadow, and sat down: "but then you must also promise me, that, wherever you may meet me, you will never say to anyone here in the town that I have been your shadow.
15 Now this was perhaps from arrogance; and the shadow on the ground kept itself so still and quiet, that it might hear all that passed: it wished to know how it could get free, and work its way up, so as to become its own master.
16 In the course of three weeks he had a very fair shadow, which, when he set out for his home in the northern lands, grew more and more in the journey, so that at last it was so long and so large, that it was more than sufficient.
17 And so they travelled; the shadow was master, and the master was the shadow; they drove with each other, they rode and walked together, side by side, before and behind, just as the sun was; the shadow always took care to keep itself in the master's place.
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