It's what the old folk used to say: 'A sweating hand's an open hand, a dry hand's close.'
These mountaineering folk talked a different language.
In Russia the domovoi (house spirit) is an important personage in folk-belief; he may object to certain kinds of animals, or to certain colours in cattle; and must, generally speaking, be propitiated and cared for.
"So you've found your folk?" said one of them.
The folk songs are the truest and most interesting national literature.