An old woman lived in the cottage. She had a cat which could purr and a hen which laid eggs.
The old woman said, "You can lay eggs for us so you can stay." So he stayed but he couldn't lay eggs.

The cat said to him, "Can you purr?"
"No" said the duckling.

"Well we have no use for you, you must go" they said. The ugly duckling went back to the marshes sadly.

Winter was coming and the ground was cold and hard. He had nowhere to go. One day some beautiful white swans flew overhead. "I wish I was like that, " said the duckling.