HOW TO RECOGNIZE A WITCH.
The next evening, after my grandmother had given me my bath, she took me once again into the living-room for another story.
- Tonight, the old woman said- I am going to tell you how to recognize a witch when you see one.
- In the first place, she said, - a real witch is certain always to be wearing gloves when you meet her.
- Even in the summer?, my grandmother said, she has to. Do you want to know why?
- Why? I said.
-Because she doesnt have finger-nails. Instead of finger-nails, she has thin curvy claws, like a cat, and she wears the gloves to hide them. Mind you, lots of very respectable women wear gloves, especially in winter, so this doesn´t help you very much.
-Mamma used to wear gloves, I said.
- Not in the house, my grandmother said, - Witches wear gloves even in the house.