IV. THE VILLAIN MAKES AN ATTEMPT AT RECONNAISSANCE:

 reconnaissance


1.The reconnaissance has the aim of finding out the location of children, or sometimes of precious objects, etc. A bear says: "Who will tell me what has become of the tsar's children? Where did they disappear to?" a clerk: "Where do you get these precious stones?" a priest at confession: "How were you able to get well so quickly?" a princess: "Tell me, Ivan the merchant's son, where is your wisdom?" "What does the bitch live on?" BabaYaga thinks. She sends One-Eye, Two-Eye and Three-Eye on reconnaissance. 


2. An inverted form of reconnaissance is evidenced when the intended victim questions the villain. "Where is your death, Kogja?" "What a swift steed you have! Could one get another one somewhere that could outrun yours?"


3. In separate instances one encounters forms of reconnaissance by means of other personages.