234 THE SPRIG OF ROSEMARY
heart, and departed, and walked and walked and walked, till she came to another castle, and knocked at the door, which was opened by an old woman.
' All hail!' said the girl. ' I have come, of your charity, to ask your help!'
' It is my mistress, the Moon, you seek. I will tell her of your prayer.'
So the Moon came out, and when she saw the maiden she knew her again, for she had watched her sleeping both in the cottage and in the palace. And she spake to her and said :
' Do you, rich as you are, need help ?'
Then the girl told her the whole story, and the Moon listened, and was sorry for her; and though she could not tell her where to find her husband, she gave her an almond, and told her to crack it when she was in great need. So the damsel thanked her, and departed, and walked and walked and walked till she came to another castle. And she knocked at the door, and said :
' All hail! I have come to ask if, of your charity, you will help me in my need.'
'It is my lord, the Wind, that you want,'answered the old woman who opened it. ' I will tell him of your prayer.'
And the Wind looked on her and knew her again, for he had seen her in the cottage and in the palace, and he spake to her and said :
' Do you, rich as you are, want help? '
And she told him the whole story. And the Wind listened, and was sorry for her, and he gave her a walnut that she was to eat in time of need. But the girl did not go as the Wind expected. She was tired and sad, and knew not where to turn, so she began to weep bitterly. The wind wept too for company, and said :
' Don't be frightened; I will go and see if I can find out something.'
And the Wind departed with a great noise and fuss,