Editor’s Note: This tale presumably relates to 1907-1909 when Evans-Wentz travelled through Ireland and ‘Celtic’ Britain.
An old woman came to the wife of Steven Callaghan and told her not to let Steven cut a certain hedge. ‘It is where we shelter at night,’ the old woman added; and Mrs. Callaghan recognized the old woman as one who had been taken in confinement. A few nights later the same old woman appeared to Mrs. Callaghan and asked for charity; and she was offered some meal, which she did not take. Then she asked for lodgings, but did not stop. When Mrs. Callaghan saw the meal-chest next morning it was overflowing with meal: it was the old woman’s gift for the hedge.’ Evans-Wentz, 1911,75.