Today's British Folktale for #folktaleweek
concerns a witch, specifically the Witch Hare.
Long ago, an old witch and her grandson ran a great scheme. The grandson would always inform the huntsman when he spotted a hare, as long as the huntsman promised not to send the hounds out for the creature. In exchange the boy would get paid a sixpence. The hare would be exactly where the young man said it would be, but the huntsman would never be able to catch it. Whether by suspicion or frustration, one fateful day, when the grandson shared his information, the huntsman unleashed his hounds on the hare. The chase ended at the old witch's cottage. The hare slipped through a gap in the door, one that was too small for the dogs. The scheme had run its course. First, she denied she was the hare, only to change her tune and beg for forgiveness. Though she escaped punishment at this time, she never turned herself into a hare again. But she did dabble in other trickery and was eventually tried for witchcraft. And you know how that always ended back in the day. #enmlillustration #folktaleweek2018