The Story of a Mother - Hans Christian Andersen "Death walks faster than the wind and never returns what he has taken.""Tell me which way he went and I will find him!"Night tells her to go into the forest, but first the mother must sing every lullaby that she has ever sung for her child. In the forest, a thorn bush tells her which way to continue, but only after she has warmed the bush by pressing it to her chest, causing her to bleed. The mother then reaches a lake that carries her across in exchange for her eyes, which she cries out.