"No," answered Gretel. "That would be too heavy for the duckling. It should take us across one at a time."
That is what the good animal did, and when they were safely on the other side and had walked on a little while, the woods grew more and more familiar to them. Finally, they saw the father's house in the distance. They began to run, rushed inside, and threw their arms around the father's neck.
The man had not had even one happy hour since he had left the children in the woods. However, the woman had died.
Hansel and Gretel showed the woodcutter what they had found and for the moment he was overjoyed. But in a week, they would be starving again. While it wasn't as bad as when there were four of them, it was still a troubling situation.