TO THE HOUSE OF BITTERNESS 273
She set the bread of her house before them, and a jug of cold water. They had never seen bread before, and this was hard and dry, but they ate it without sign of distaste. They had never seen water before, but they drank without demur, one after the other looking up from the draught with a face of glad astonishment. Then she led away the smallest, and the rest went trooping after her. "With her own gentle hands, they told me, she put them to bed on the floor of the garret.