In every corner were chests of nothing.

"These have nothing in them," said Hansel, disappointed.

"I guess we must leave," said Gretel, "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.