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noticed some smoke from a little hut of turf near by. He went straight up to it and cried : ' 0 mother, let me come in for pity's sake !' The old woman who lived in the hut beckoned to him to enter, and hardly was he inside when he cried again : ' 0 mother, can you tell me anything of the Sister of the Sun ? '
But the old woman only shook her head. ' No, I know nothing of her,' said she.
The young man turned to leave the hut, but the old woman stopped him, and, giving him a letter, begged him to carry it to her next eldest sister, saying : ' If you should get tired on the way, take out the letter and rustle the paper.'
This advice surprised the young man a good deal, as he did not see how it could help him ; but he did not answer, and went down the road without knowing where he was going. At length he grew so tired he could walk no more ; then he remembered what the old woman had said. After he had rustled the leaves only once all fatigue disappeared, and he strode gaily over the grass till he came to another little turf hut.
' Let me in, I pray you, dear mother,' cried he. And the door opened in front of him. ' Your sister has sent you this letter,' he said, and added quickly: ' O mother ! can you tell me anything of the Sister of the Sun ?'
' No, I know nothing of her,' answered she. But as he turned hopelessly away, she stopped him.
' If you happen to pass my eldest sister's house, will you give her this letter ? ' said she. ' And if you should get tired on the road, just take it out of your pocket and rustle the paper.'
So the young man put the letter in his pocket, and walked all day over the hills till he reached a little turf hut, exactly like the other two.
' Let me in, I pray you, dear mother,' cried he. And as he entered he added: ' Here is a letter from your sister, andócan you tell me anything of the Sister of the Sun ?'