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iLITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD.On NCE upon a time, when there were Fairies, and wolves, and greatUi forests in England, there lived on the edge of a thick wood aforester and his wife, who had one dear little daughter. She was theprettiest little darling ever seen, for she was never cross and naughty,so her face was sweet and calm and gentle, and everybody loved her.Her mother doted on her, and made her a pretty red cloak and hood; andshe looked so lovely in it that the neighbours called her "Little RedRiding-Hood;" and she is known by that name till the present day.One day her mother called her to her and said, " My darling, it is along time since we have heard how your dear Granny is. I wish you tocarry her to-day a basket with a little pat of butter, some fresh eggs, somecakes, and a bottle of my choice red currant wine; and you must bring meback word how she is now."Little Red Riding-Hood was delighted to be sent on this errand. Itwas so long since she had seen her Grandmother that she had quite for-gotten her; but she knew that Granny had sent her her best doll andmany other pretty toys, and she thought she should like to go and see her.Besides, Red Riding-Hood dearly loved the forest, with its great trees andpretty wild flowers, its birds and its insects. So her mother put on her cloakand tied her red hood nicely, and the little girl set out on her journey.How sweet the greenwood was! Up in the trees the thrush and theblackbird were singing delightfully; and, quite out of sight, up in the blueThe Baldwin Lbrarylm~Univ ty'K' ~/'/ tto
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LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD." I am going to Grandmamma's," said the child, "with some butter andeggs, and nice cakes, and a bottle of wine.""Well, run along, then," said Hugh; "you must not stay out too long inthe woods, for there are other creatures besides birds and butterflies in them."" I will go as soon as I have dined," said Red Riding-Hood. Andwhen she had eaten her dinner she said, "Good bye, Hugh: good bye,Rover," and went on her way; but Rover barked, as much as to say,"Stay here, Little Red Riding-Hood." However, she did not understandhim, and danced away, and was soon out of sight amongst the trees.By-and-bye she came to a very lovely spot, where grew a rose-tree allcovered with blossoms. I think some woodman must have had his cottagethere once, and the rose-tree must have been left on the spot that wasonce his garden; for it was not a wild dog-rose, but a fine damask one.Little Red Riding-Hood was delighted. "Oh, how Grandmamma wouldlike to have a nice nosegay !" she thought, and she began picking roses atonce, and also some of the foxglove, and of the blue borage that grewamidst the ferns. Now, while she was gathering the flowers, a cmrel wolfcame stealing from behind her out of the trees. He would have eaten herup at once, only he knew that Hugh and Rover were close by; so he stoleup softly, and said very gently, " Good morning, Little Red Riding-Hood."The child turned and saw the wolf; but she was not afraid, for all creaturesloved her and were good to her. "Good morning, wolf," she replied."Where are you going all alone through the greenwood ?" he asked,thinking what a nice dinner she would make!"I am going to my Grandmamma's house, to take her a cake, andsome eggs, and fresh butter, and a bottle of currant wine," said the child." Is that far off?" asked the wolf." Just in the middle of the wood," she answered." Well, that is a long way, so I will not hinder you," said the wolf; andhe trotted off very fast, and took a straight path to the old woman's cottage.Now Grandmother was very old and feeble, and often could not get up3
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LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD.all day; and it happened that she was in bed that same day. When thewolf reached the cottage door, he tapped at it with his paw." Who is there ? " asked the old woman from her bed."Little Red Riding-Hood, Granny," squeaked the wolf, imitating achild's voice; " I have brought you a present.""Come in, my dear," said the old lady; "pull the string and the latchwill come up."The wicked wolf, who did not know before how to get in, pulled th=string; the latch came up, and he walked into the cottage. Poor Grand-mother was very much frightened when she saw him, and cried out for help;but no one heard her, and the greedy wolf ate her all up at once. Whenhe had quite finished her, he remembered that Little Red Riding-Hoodwould soon be there, so he waited in the cottage. He was not very hungrynow, but he thought the child would be a very nice dessert, her cheekswere so like peaches. And poor Little Red-Riding-Hood, meanwhile,gathered a beautiful bunch of flowers, and played merrily along the woodypaths. She did not hear the wood pigeon cooing, "Don't go on! don't goon!" she was thinking of her Grandmamma, and of how pleased the poorold lady would be with the flowers and the cakes. But the sun was nowbeginning to get lower in the sky; clouds were covering his light too, andthe breeze sighed through the trees quite mournfully. The birds sangmore softly, and even a nightingale, who had a fancy for early hours, begana sweet soft "jug, jug," which she meant for "stop, stop," only Red Riding-Hood did not understand her. A squirrel that had seen the wolf pass,however, was so very uneasy that he resolved to go and tell Rover of thechild's danger at once, and set off in great haste to find him; for he knewRover could kill a wolf Meantime the wolf grew hungry again, waiting;but by-and-bye he heard a light step on the grass, and a little voice singing" Bopeep ;" and peeping out of the window, he saw Red Riding-Hood atthe door. So he made haste and put on Grandmother's night-cap, and gotinto bed. By-and-bye Red Riding-Hood rapped.4
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LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD.of bed he sprang at her, and she gave a loud cry. At that moment the door,;:|; which luckily Red Riding-Hood had not latched, flew open, and a greati dog rushed in and sprang at the wolf. It was really a terrible fight betweenthe wolf and the dog,-who was good Rover. The squirrel had told him?( of Red Riding-Hood's danger, and he had instantly pulled Hugh by thetunic, and barked, and made him understand that he was wanted somewhereA:i i directly. Now Hugh always trusted his good hound, for he knew how wiseRover was, so he went with him at once. But just as they were in sight of;ti the cottage, Rover gave a growl and dashed on before his master, and soil:l came just in time to save dear Red Riding-Hood from being eaten up byl the cruel wolf. But Hugh soon followed him, and with his great axe killedI; >I the wolf at Rover had torn poor Granny's cap from the animal's head,ll::il and much I him before; but the good dog had been sorely bitten himself,:I :I and was glad to go out of the door and lie and lick his wounds when his::il; :Ii master had killed the savage beast. Then good Hugh called Red Riding-i Hood to come and look at the dead wolf which she had taken for her poor:i: Grandmother, and Red Riding-Hood was very much frightened, andi thanked Hugh a thousand times for saving her. But she'was very sorryi : for her poor old Grandmother. And Hugh carried her home in his arms,Ai il| and told her mother never again to send the young child into the forest alone.:i:i Red Riding-Hood's mother scarcely knew whether she was more sorry ori.I glad: sorry for her dear mother's death, or glad to get her darling back again,X:~ i I mean. She thanked Hugh again and again, and everybody was glad thathe and good Rover had thus saved their sweet playfellow LITTLE REDl: |[s! RIDING-HOOD.0d~~~~~~~*ill..Ski (IIy-i9I I a*
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