next day Raisa sat down again beside
the blue ocean and took out the golden
embroidery frame and needle. When she
held the golden embroidery frame in
her hand, the needle began to embroider
all by itself.
The patterns it made were more beautiful
than any human hand could make. Again
a crowd gathered around her and as before,
the bride of Finist came up to her.
When she saw the beautiful pictures
the embroidery frame could make she
clapped her hands together and said
'I must have it!'
'I want to buy your embroidery frame,'
she said to Raisa, 'how much do you
want for it? And don't tell me you want
to spend another night at the bedside
of Finist! He's already getting suspicious!
Look, I can pay you for it!'
is not for sale,' said Raisa. 'But if
you let me watch just one more night
at the bedside of Finist, you may have
all right then,' said the bride, 'just
one more night,' all the time thinking
to herself: 'You little fool, you're
just wasting your time!'
But aloud she said: 'Come to the palace
tonight as before.'
bride made sure that Finist got an even
larger dose of sleeping potion that
night. When she brought Raisa into the
room where Finist was sleeping, she
said to her:
a good look at your precious Finist
tonight, for it will be your last! Tomorrow
is our wedding day.'
Raisa again spent the night crying and
weeping over her beloved Finist, trying
her best to waken him.
he could hear her crying through his
sleep and his heart grieved, yet he
still could not open his eyes. Just
before dawn, her heart full of despair,
Raisa cried out:
'Farewell, Finist my love, you will
never see me again!' and she bent over
to kiss him.
As she bent over him one of her hot
tears fell upon his cheek.
a start Finist cried out 'Something
burnt me!' and suddenly opened his eyes.
When he saw Raisa in front of him, he
was overjoyed. 'I thought it was a dream!'
told him everything that had happened,
all about her sisters, what they had
done and how she had searched for him
for so long. He heard about how she
had made the bargain with his bride.
'Then she cannot love me as I thought,'
he said quietly.
then his bride came into the room. 'Time
to go!' she said coldly to Raisa 'and
don't let me see you around the palace
she realised that Finist was awake.
'But how?...' she began.
She did not get time to finish, as Finist
told her to leave the room and asked
Raisa to stay. He ordered all his advisers
and courtiers to appear before him and
'Who do you think I should share my
life with, with someone who sold me
for gold and silver or for one who has
remained true and searched for so long
for me though all kinds of hardships?'
most of them gave the right answer and
Raisa and Finist the Bright Falcon were
for the precious gifts that Raisa had
given to the almost-bride, they crumbled
to dust as soon as she tried to use
I am glad to say that the spool of thread
eventually wound its way back to the
second Baba Yaga, and she was able to
mend her clothes at last.
Shawm by Kandinsky