sat down on the golden sands beside
the blue ocean and took out the spinning
wheel and began to spin. After a while
people began to gather around her and
were amazed to see the golden thread.
The bride of Finist was out walking
on the beach. She saw the crowd of people
gathered around Raisa and her spinning
wheel. When she saw the pure gold thread
Raisa was spinning she said:
you sell me your spinning wheel, girl?'
'I will not sell it for money,' said
Raisa. 'All I ask is to see Finist the
The bride frowned when she heard these
words and said nothing for a few minutes.
But she badly wanted the spinning wheel.
'I could be rich if I had it!' she thought
to herself. She walked off a little
distance and discussed it with one of
'Why don't you give Finist a sleeping
potion? Then he won't know anything
about it!' said her friend.
'You're right!' she said. 'It can't
do any harm.'
went back over to where Raisa sat spinning.
'Give me the silver spinning wheel and
the golden spindle and tonight when
Finist is asleep, I will take you to
him.' she said.
evening the bride made up a strong sleeping
potion and put it into Finist's wine.
When he was asleep she took Raisa into
spent the night crying and weeping over
Finist. She cried over and over again
'Wake up, Finist, wake up! It's me,
Raisa! I've been searching for you for
done all you've asked of me. I've worn
through three pairs of iron shoes, broken
three iron rods and have eaten three
stone-hard pilgrim's loaves while searching
for you. Just open your eyes and look
at me! Oh, why don't you wake up?'
But Finist did not wake up.
dawn the bride came into the room and
told Raisa, 'You must go now.'
When Finist woke up later that morning,
he exclaimed 'How long have I been asleep?
can't understand it - was it a dream,
or what? I'm sure there was someone
in my room last night. I could hear
crying and weeping. But I couldn't open
my eyelids, I was so tired.'
'You must have been dreaming, there
was no one here at all,' said his bride.
next day Raisa sat down beside the blue
ocean and took out the silver bowl and
golden egg. She began to roll the golden
egg around in the silver bowl.
it stopped rolling, a dozen golden eggs
appeared in the bowl.
a crowd gathered around her and as before,
the bride of Finist came up to her.
When she saw the silver bowl with the
golden eggs, she immediately asked Raisa
to sell it to her. 'It is not for sale,'
if you let me watch a second night beside
the bed of Finist the Bright Falcon,
you may have it.'
The bride thought to herself 'Well,
if Finist didn't realise she was there
last night; one more night can't do
any harm.' 'Very well', said the bride,
'come to the palace tonight as before.'
That evening a sleeping potion was once
again put into Finist's wine.
Raisa again spent the night crying and
weeping over her beloved Finist, entreating
him to awaken. But, as before, he did
not wake up.
was sent away at dawn.
Later on that morning Finist awoke and
had that dream again! What can it mean?
It seemed as if someone I
loved a long time ago was crying and
weeping over me all night long. My heart
is sad because of this.'
'I've had some strange dreams too lately,
but I don't think they mean anything
though.' said his bride, with a sly