questionings, whisperings and accusations
went on for days. But she wouldn't say
a word about it and just smiled to herself
when she was asked about the hairpin.
the other two were watching every move
she made. They searched her room several
times and found nothing.
night they went to their father. 'Father,
we are worried about Raisa. We can't
sleep at night with the noise. We think
she has a secret visitor. She locks
herself in her room and she is talking
to someone all the time. And we know
that someone has given her a diamond
be ridiculous,' said the father, 'Raisa
has no friends. She never has any visitors.
And where's this diamond hairpin that
she's supposed to have?'
we don't know where it is now, but we've
seen it Father, and we think it belongs
to the Tsar's daughter.'
' - Belongs to the Tsar's daughter!
And how do you think Raisa got it? Are
you going to tell me now that the Tsar's
daughter is visiting her in her room?
Whatever will you two think of next?
You've been listening to too many of
those old wive's tales again!'
you don't understand Father, we're sure
that a young man's been visiting her!'
that so, well, can you please explain
what the Tsar's daughter's got to do
with it? said the father, getting more
and more annoyed at them.
you've got to believe us Father!' wailed
Father!' cried Elvira. 'She has been
acting so strangely lately - she never
does any work in the house, and she
just sits around day dreaming all day.'
so strange about that?' the father wanted
to know. 'She's always been a bit of
seeing that he would get no peace, he
at last gave in to their pestering and
went to check up on Raisa. But the Tsar's
son had already turned himself back
into a feather long before the father
had reached the top of the creaking
He berated the two sisters afterwards.
'You silly jealous things! Stop telling
lies and leave your sister alone!'
two were now seething with anger against
Raisa. 'So, she thinks she can outwit
us!' hissed Malvina between gritted
teeth. 'There's definitely someone coming
to her at night and I'm determined to
find out who it is!
Elvira agreed: 'We've got to think of
a plan - she's clever of course, but
if we watch her like a hawk, she's sure
to make a mistake sometime and then
we've got her - hah!'
'That's exactly what I say - hah!' Joining
hands, they both did a little dance
around the room at the thought of their
success, chanting :
going to get her! We're going to get
there was a loud knocking on the door.
They froze immediately and clutched
at one other in fright. It couldn't
must be ...!' they whispered to one
another staring wide-eyed at the door.
The knocking became even louder.
called out coyly. 'Just wait a minute
sir, if you please.'
to Elvira 'How do I look? Oh, I wish
we had a mirror in here!'
mind how you look, how do I
look? Oh, I wonder if he'll give me
a diamond hairpin too?' she giggled.
should he give it to you? I'm
why shouldn't he?' ' Just a minute,
if you please sir!' called out Malvina
again to Elvira: 'Will you let me open
'Certainly not - I want to open
it!' While they were bickering about
who should open the door, it suddenly
swung open with a loud bang. Their father
stood in the doorway looking furious.
it's you, Father!' they both exclaimed
together. 'And who else would it be?
What on earth's going on? Don't you
know it's four in the morning! Can't
a man get a bit of peace around here?
And you two complain about Raisa - hah!
then Raisa called down the stairs 'What's
all the noise about down there? I'm
trying to sleep! Don't you two know
what time it is?'
dear,' said her father,' your sisters
are just acting a little silly tonight,
but they're going straight to bed now,'
he added fiercely, 'aren't you?'
'Yes Father,' they both said meekly.