144 THE GIANT'S HEART.
him out upon dry land. As soon as he had shaken himself, and dried himself a little, the spider turned to the children, saying,—
"And now, what can I do for you?"
"Tell us, please," said they, "how we can get up the mountain to the she-eagle's nest."
" Nothing is easier," answered the spider. "Just run up there, and tell them all I sent you, and nobody will mind you."
"But we haven't got claws like you, Mr. Spider," said Buffy.
"Ah! no more you have, poor unprovided creatures! Still, I think we can manage it. Come home with me."
"You won't eat us, will you?" said Buffy.
"My dear child," answered the spider, in a tone of injured dignity, "I eat nothing but what is mischievous or useless. You have helped me, and now I will help you."