The old witch pronounces Hansel's death sentence while Gretel determinedly stokes the furnace in the background.
The Scottish Word:

Spirlie.

“Ach! Yir still spirlie and ill-thriven, whit’s adae wi ye? I’ve hud enough! Ah’m no waitin onie longer.”

Translated:

spirlie: thin, spindly.

“Argh! You are still skinny and scraggy, what is wrong with you? I have had enough! I am not waiting any longer.”

[spirlie spelled out in phonetic alphabet.]

31, Oct. 2009

Illustration Friday. skinny – Hansel and Gretel nearing the end.

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