Then the Hunter said that to the old donkey, which was the witch, three beatings and one meal; to the younger one, which was the servant, one beating and three meals; and to the youngest one, which was the maiden, no beating and three meals; for he could not find it in his heart to let the maiden be beaten.
But the old woman was a witch, and she said to the girl, 'There comes one out of the wood who has a wonderful treasure in his body which we must manage to possess ourselves of, darling daughter; we have more right to it than he.
Then the old witch said, 'Now we must have the bird-heart; he will not feel when it is gone.' She prepared a drink, and when it was ready she poured it in a goblet and gave it to the maiden, who had to hand it to the hunter.
The maiden had to get hold of it secretly and then swallow it herself, for the old witch wanted to have it.
"Even if there were any witches
, they would flee away from the presence of a pure-hearted child.
This Jellia dared not tell, having been threatened with death by the witch if she confessed the fraud.
Jinjur was prepared for this message, for the witch well understood, when her natural form was thrust upon her, that Glinda had discovered her trickery.
Of course old Mombi had no intention of being found by Glinda; so, while her enemies were marching up the street, the witch transformed herself into a red rose growing upon a bush in the garden of the palace.
"She was the Wicked Witch of the East, as I said," answered the little woman.
"They are the people who live in this land of the East where the Wicked Witch ruled."
When they saw the Witch of the East was dead the Munchkins sent a swift messenger to me, and I came at once.
The Frenchman had given these small-clothes to an Indian powwow, who parted with them to the old witch for a gill of strong waters, at one of their dances in the forest.
"I've made many a puppet since I've been a witch, but methinks this is the finest of them all.
Why, I've danced with a worse one, when partners happened to be scarce, at our witch meetings in the forest!
On the tenth day from now the circle of the Ingomboco must be set, and there shall be such a smelling out of wizards and of witches
as has not been known in Zululand!"