The daughter wandered until she saw twelve robbers order a cave open and shut: "Open up, desert!" and "Close up, desert!" She sneaked inside and cleaned up the place, and then stole some of their food before hiding. The robbers set watch, but each robber waited outside, for the person to sneak in, and so did not catch her, until the chief robber waited inside and saw her. He told her not to be afraid: she could stay and be their little sister. But one day a robber went to Bella Venezia's inn, and answered that a girl they had with them was more beautiful.
A witch begged every day from the inn, and Bella Venezia promised her half her fortune if she could put an end to the daughter. The witch went into the forest as a peddlar, persuaded the girl to let her in, and while showing her a hair pin, thrust it into her head. The robbers found the body, wept, and buried her in a hollow tree.
One day, a prince went hunting, and his dogs sniffed about the tree. He took the dead body back to the castle and could not bear to be apart. His mother was angry and said that he could at least fix her hair. This revealed the pin. When it was pulled out, she woke, and the prince married her.