The next day at noon, the old woman came to him again with food and drink which he at first refused.
Finally, she laid a letter near him, in which, after giving him particulars of the food and drink she had left for him, she finished with the following words: 'I see that as long as you remain here you will never be able to set me free; if, however, you still wish to do so, come to the golden castle of Stromberg; this is well within your power to accomplish.
Could she have waited until the following night conditions would have been better, since Cluros would not appear in the heavens at all and so, during Thuria's absence, utter darkness would reign; but the pangs of thirst and the gnawing of hunger could be endured no longer with food and drink
both in sight, and so she had decided to risk discovery rather than suffer longer.
It all seemed to her a far simpler matter: all that was needed, as Marya Philimonovna had explained, was to give Brindle and Whitebreast more food and drink
, and not to let the cook carry all the kitchen slops to the laundry maid's cow.
This he did very willingly, and she set before him food and drink
that he had never seen the like of before.