I regret that I still cannot weigh in on The Snow Queen as a whole, as I still have yet to finish reading it! The first installment describes a sinister mirror that reflected things that were good and honorable unfavorably, and evil things beautifully. The second story documents how fragments of that mirror lodged themselves in the eye and heart of a little boy, and how he was changed as a result.
A Little Boy and a Little Girl
“'Have they a queen bee?,' asked the little boy, for he knew that the real bees had a queen."