THE WONDERFUL PLANT.
Then the old woman said, "Now is the time to get the bird's heart from him. He will not be able to discover who has taken it even when he misses it" So she prepared a sleeping draught, and when it was ready she gave it to the maiden in a goblet, and told her she must coax him to drink it.
So the maiden went to do the bidding of the old witch, who was not, however, her real mother, and she said to the hunter, "Dearest, dria with me, will you ?"
Instantly he took the glass, and drank a large draught, and in a few minutes fell into a deep sleep.:
Then she searched in all his pockets, but it was not there ; and after great trouble, she at last found it in a little bag hanging round his neck. The maiden carried it to the old woman, who fastened it at once round the maiden's neck. The next morning the hunter found no money under his pillow; for the piece of gold lay under the pillow of the maiden, and from whence the old woman fetched it every morning. But the hunter was so completely in love, and so foolishly fond of the maiden, that he cared for nothing else so long as he had her by his side.
Then said the old woman, " We have the bird's heart, and now we must have the wishing-cloak."
" We must leave him that," said the maiden; " for he has lost all his riches already."
At this the old woman was angry, and said, "The cloak is a wonderful thing, seldom found in this world, so I must and will have it." She gave the maiden a slap as she spoke, and said, " If you do not obey me it will be dreadful for you."
She could not obey the connaiands of the old woman at first, but went and stood by the open window, and looked out on the wide prospect, feeling very sad.
There the hunter found her, and he asked, "Why are you standing here, and looking,'so sad, my treasure ?"
"Ah!" she replied, "I know 'that in yonder mountain of granite themost costly precious stones can be found. I have such a great longing to see them ; but it is'too far to go ; and it makes me very sad when I think of it. We could not fetch any; for only birds who can fly can possibly rise so high as that mountain—human teings never."
" You shall have no occasion to complain of this difficulty any