The troll stopped, very confused about what just happened. Did he really not have an answer to the question? Was the riddle really unsolvable? Did that make him a cheater?
Meanwhile, as the troll was wondering all of these things, Madeline crept close to Handsome. She moved slowly, hoping the confused and distracted troll wouldn't notice her.
"Handsome," she whispered, "drop the stick and listen. When I run, you need to chase after me."
"A stick?" Handsome asked, "I can find a stick! Oh boy!" and began sniffing about the orchard, trying to find something that Madeline or Roderick would like.
"A big stick?" Madeline asked Roderick, "Why do we need a big stick?"
"Well," Roderick said, "the way you need to cross the river is by using the bridge."
"And?" Madeline said.
"Well, if there is a bridge, then that means there will be a troll, too."