In every corner were chests of magic stones of many different colors.
"These are better than pebbles," said Hansel, filling his pockets.
Gretel said, "I will take some home with me as well," and she filled her apron full.
"But now we must leave," said Hansel, "and get out of these witch-woods."
After walking a few hours, they arrived at a large body of water. "We cannot get across," said Hansel. "I cannot see a walkway or a bridge."
"There are no boats here," answered Gretel, "but there is a white duck swimming. If I ask it, it will help us across."
Then she called out: "Duckling, duckling. Here stand Gretel and Hansel. Neither a walkway nor a bridge. Take us onto your white back."
The duckling came up to them, and Hansel climbed onto it, then asked his little sister to sit down next to him.