That is the vestal hearth of the Wendish house, without which there would be no home.
The Mint Union of the Wendish states continued until the beginning of the seventeenth century, when it expired unperceived.
The village homesteads line the common or street on either side, standing gable outwards, as every Wendish house ought to stand.
Wendish traditions and Wendish speech are still very rife in those parts.
What a Wendish village would in winter time be without those social spinning meetings it is difficult to imagine.
The Wendish and the Bohemian ballad have the incident of fraternal vengeance, though otherwise less like the German.
In a Wendish village, to have made a faux pas deprives a young fellow and girl alike of their character for life.
"Dirty Wendish pigs," they said (which was their favourite malediction, though they themselves were Wend of the Wends).
And as it lends itself capitally to sociability and mirth, the Wendish maidens take to it with peculiar zest.
In Wendish A, when the bell first knolls, the bride asks, Where is the bridegroom?