THE TWO BROTHERS
filled with stone statues, which once had been men, and, pointing out one, she said, ' There is your brother.'
The young man looked at them all and shook his head. ' My brother is not here. Take me to him, or it will be the worse for you.' But she tried to put him off with other statues, though it was no good, and it was not until they had reached the last hall of all that he saw his brother lying on the ground.
; That is my brother,' said he. ' Now give me the ointment that will restore him to life.'
Very unwillingly the old witch opened a cupboard close by filled with bottles and jars, and took down one and held it out to the young man. But he was on the watch for trickery, and examined it carefully, and saw that it had no power to heal. This happened many times, till at length she found it was no use, and gave him the one he wanted. And when he had it safe he made her stoop down and smear it over his brother's face, taking care all the while never to loose her hair, and when the dead man opened his eyes the youth drew his sword and cut off her head with a single blow. Then the elder brother got up and stretched himself, and said, l Oh, how long I have slept! And where am I? '
' The old witch had enchanted you, but now she is dead and you are free. We will wake up the other knights that she laid under her spells, and then we will
This they did, and, after sharing amongst them the jewels and gold they found in the castle, each man went his way. The two brothers remained together, the elder tightly grasping the ointment which had brought him back to life.
They had much to tell each other as they rode along, and at last the younger man exclaimed, ' O fool, to leave such a beautiful wife to go and fight a witch! She took me for her husband, and I did not say her nay.'
When the elder brother heard this a great rage filled