THE STONES OF PLOUHINEC 243
she can desire, dresses of all sorts, from cotton to silk, and good things of all kinds to eat, from white bread to oranges.'
' The silver you find will pay for all that, and what about the gold ? '
' With the gold I shall make rich Rozennik's relations and every friend of hers in the parish,' replied he.
' So much for the gold ; and the jewels ? '
' Then,' cried Bernez, ' I will divide the jewels amongst everybody in the world, so that they may be wealthy and happy ; and I will tell them that it is Rozennik who would have it so.'
'Hush! it is close on midnight—we must go,' whispered the wizard, and together they crept to the edge of the wood.
With the first stroke of twelve a great noise arose over the silent heath, and the earth seemed to rock under the feet of the two watchers. The next moment by the light of the moon they beheld the huge stones near them leave their places and go down the slope leading to the river, knocking against each other in their haste. Passing the spot where stood Bernez and the beggar, they were lost in the darkness. It seemed as if a procession of giants had gone by.
' Quick,' said the wizard, in a low voice, and he rushed towards the empty holes, which even in the night shone brightly from the treasures within them. Flinging himself on his knees, the old man began filling the wallets he had brought, listening intently all the time for the return of the stones up the hill, while Bernez more slowly put handfuls of all he could see into his pockets.
The sorcerer had just closed his third wallet, and was beginning to wonder if he could carry away any more treasures when a low murmur as of a distant storm broke upon his ears.
The stones had finished drinking, and were hastening back to their places.