On a stormy night, the Miller comes to little Hans' house. He says that his son is injured and tells little Hans to fetch the doctor. He refuses to lend Hans his lantern because it is a new one. Again, he reminds little hans that he has promised to give him his wheelbarrow and that it would be unfriendly to refuse to help him. Little Hans follows the doctor back to the Miller's house. However, since Hans does not have a lantern and it is raining so heavily that it is difficult to see, Hans gets lost. He wanders onto the moor and drowns in a pool.
'But the storm grew worse and worse, and the rain fell in torrents, and little Hans could not see where he was going, or keep up with the horse. At last he lost his way, and wandered off on the moor, which was a very dangerous place, as it was full of deep holes, and there poor little Hans was drowned. His body was found the next day by some goatherds, floating in a great pool of water, and was brought back by them to the cottage. 'Everybody went to little Hans's funeral, as he was so popular, and the Miller was the chief mourner.