A man asked for shelter.
The family agreed if he helped them crack nuts.
A girl chatted with the visitor, who kept shells, dropping kernels on the floor.
Picking them up, someone noticed the stranger had hoofs.
He called the priest.
Seeing the clergyman, the visitor scratched the girl’s face and leaped out the window.
*this story is based on a folktale from Valle d’Aosta.
Note: Does the devil blame the beautiful young woman for distracting him, which makes him give himself away? Or is this tale a warning to young women not to fall for mysterious men, however attractive they may seem? Maybe both.