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Tenos

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Arabic
"And the fourth little one—yes, he was the 'ugly duck' of the family. They said he had the pip and must eat pepper and butter like a sick[107] chicken, and that was what was given him; but of me he got a warm, sunny kiss," said the Sunshine.

Can someone help me please with the meaning of the pip, which seems as some kind of malady, In the above excerpt Andersen's Sunshine Stories?
 
  • Tenos

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    Arabic
    Pip is a disease of birds. Is this story about a bird? (If it is, that would be important context.)
    Not a bird but a small boy. In this story the poor mother of 4 boys find a golden egg which hatches for a small swan with 4 rings around its neck. After the mother has given every child a ring his fortune changes for the better.
     

    Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    He seems to be compared to a bird here, though. First, they call him the "ugly duck." Second, they treat him like a sick chicken - because chickens get pip, but people don't. In any case, this is a story. It doesn't have to be scientifically accurate.
     
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