St John's will also give auspice, and the Abruzzese ask their questions to egg whites or thistles. One egg white is poured into a transparent container and left to the night dew, then collected before sunrise: the forms discernible will give reply to our questions or predictions. The thistle is used instead for questions regarding love: on this night young people pick a card and burn the petals a little, then place it is a container outside the window. If the next days the leaves are green again, the love wish will be fulfilled. In Pianella and San Salvo two due thistles are slightly burned, one is kept inside and the other placed to the night dew: if the latter appears in better health in the morning, the girl will marry a foreigner.
Another common custom was for girls to place under their pillow three broad beans: one completely peeled, another just half- peeled, and a third non peeled one. On the morning of the 24th the girl would blindly choose one of the beans: if the peeled one, she would marry a poor man, if the half-peeled, her husband would be neither poor nor rich, if the non-peeled one the husband would be very rich.