THE WHITE WOLF 173
to fetch the skin and to burn it in the kitchen fire. The moment the flames touched the skin there was a fearful clap of thunder heard, and the prince disappeared out of the palace gate in a whirlwind, and returned to his palace alone.
But the princess was heart-broken, and spent the night weeping bitterly. Next morning she set out to find her way back to the castle, but she wandered through the woods and forests, and she could find no path or track to guide her. For fourteen days she roamed in the forest, sleeping under the trees, and living upon wild berries and roots, and at last she reached a little house. She opened the door and went in, and found the wind seated in the room all by himself, and she spoke to the wind and said: ' Wind, have you seen the white wolf?'
And the wind answered : ' All day and all night I have been blowing round the world, and I have only just come home; but I have not seen him.'
But he gave her a pair of shoes, in which, he told her,
• she would be able to walk a hundred miles with every step,
Then she walked through the air till she reached a star,
and she said: i Tell me, star, have you seen the white
And the star answered: ' I have been shining all night, and I have not seen him.'
But the star gave her a pair of shoes, and told her that if she put them on she would be able to walk two hundred miles at a stride. So she drew them on, and she walked to the moon, and she said : ' Dear moon, have you not seen the white wolf? '
But the moon answered, ' All night long I have been sailing through the heavens, and I have only just come home ; but I did not see him.'
But he gave her a pair of shoes, in which she would be able to cover four hundred miles with every stride. So she went to the sun, and said: ' Dear sun, have you seen the white wolf?'