Hans Christian Andersen
moss. He was almost fainting; just then he heard a curious mur- muring and saw in front of him a big lighted cave. A fire was burn- ing in the middle, big enough to roast a stag, which was in fact being done; a splendid stag with its huge antlers was stuck on a spit, being slowly turned round between the hewn trunks of two fir trees. An oldish woman, tall and strong enough to be a man dressed up, sat by the fire throwing on logs from time to time.
'Come in, by all means!' she said; 'sit down by the fire so that your clothes may dry!'