Baba Yaga's spool of thread seemed to
be rolling much faster now. 'Perhaps
it knows it's coming to the end of its
journey,' thought Raisa and began to
feel a little better. Sometimes, when
the thread rolled on and on through
the night, she did not dare to rest
in case she lost sight of it, no matter
how tired she felt. Although she almost
felt at the end of her strength now,
Raisa somehow managed to keep stumbling
along after the thread.
When at last the third pair of iron
shoes had been worn through, the third
iron walking stick broken and the third
pilgrim's loaf eaten, the spool of thread
led her to the house of the oldest Baba
Yaga, in the middle of a forest of silver
are you going to, my pretty one?' said
the oldest Baba Yaga fixing Raisa with
her beady eye.
'I am searching for Finist the Bright
managed to gasp out in reply, for the
oldest Baba Yaga was even more terrible
to look upon than her two younger sisters.
know Finist the Bright Falcon of the
rainbow feathers,' said Baba Yaga.
'Finist the Bright Falcon is living
on the blue ocean in the three-times
nine kingdom and is about to be married.
There is not much time left.'
she heard this Raisa once again shed
bitter tears for Finist the Bright Falcon.
your tears and follow your dream,' said
again thought of the words that Finist
had said to her and hope came back to
her once more. 'After all,' she thought,
'I've already worn through three pairs
of iron shoes, three iron rods and have
eaten three stone-hard loaves - it can't
be much further.'
she entered Baba Yaga's hut, everything
was just the same as it had been in
the huts of her two sisters.
'Now, where's that bear-hug armchair?'
she said, looking around at all the
things that were becoming familiar to
her now, although there were quite a
few things still that she could not
quite get used to. She took good care
now not to let her eyes even glance
in the direction of the mirror and she
ignored the thousand eye jars as best
as she could.
you ever get a feeling of Déja
Vu puss?' joked Raisa to the cat as
she sank down into the comfortable bear
' I don't speak French!' the cat replied
in a haughty tone. 'Speak Russian!'
Raisa got quite a shock at hearing the
cat suddenly speak and stood there feeling
quite foolish and not knowing what to
'Things are not always what they seem,
' said the oldest Baba Yaga going off
into a long, loud cackle of laughter.
After a while she said: 'And yes, the
toad can speak too. He just doesn't
bother. He doesn't need to, do you,
my pretty?' crooned Baba Yaga to him
as she threw him down some food.
slept soundly that night and was woken
by the old crone at sunrise.
oldest Baba Yaga gave Raisa a parting
gift. 'Here is a golden embroidery frame
and a needle. When you hold the frame
the needle will embroider by itself.
When you come to the blue ocean, in
the three-times nine kingdom, the bride
of Finist will be out walking on the
When she sees the golden embroidery
frame she will want to buy it from you,
but do not take any money for it. Instead
ask her to see Finist the Bright Falcon.'
oldest Baba Yaga took the spool of thread,
threw it on the ground in front of Raisa
and told her: 'Go now and follow this
thread to the blue ocean. It will be
your guide.' Raisa thanked the oldest
Baba Yaga and went on her way, following
the spool of thread.
some time the forest came to an end
and soon the blue ocean lay in front
of her as far as the eye could see.
In the distance the sun sparkled on
the golden roof of the white palace.
must be the kingdom of Finist the Bright
Falcon,' thought Raisa to herself.