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LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD,ONCE upon a time there lived in a pretty cot-tage on the borders of a great forest, a woodmanand his wife, who had one little daughter, a sweetchild, and a favorite with- every one. She was thejoy of her mother's heart, and, to please her, thegood woman made her a little scarlet cloak andhood, in which the child looked sp pretty thatevery body called her Little Red Ridhg-Hood.One day her mother told her ieA eant to sendher to her grandmothet-1-a very old lady who livedin the heart of a neighboring wood-to take hersome fresh butter and new-laid eggs and a nicecake. Little Red Riding-Hood was delighted atbeing sent on this errand, for she liked to do kindthings; and it was such a very long time since shehad seen her grandmother that she had almostforgotten what the old lady looked like.The sun was shining brightly, but it was not tooThe Baldwin LibraryUniversi!g^.
LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD.warm under the shade of the old trees, and LittleRed Riding-Hood went on her way singing andgathering great bunches of wild flowers to give toher grandmother. She sang so sweetly that aCushat dove flew down from a tree and followedher. Now, it happened that a wolf, a very cruel,greedy creature, also heard her as she passed, andlonged to eat her for his breakfast, but he knewHugh, the woodman, was at work very near withhis great dog, and he was afraid they might hearLittle Red Riding-Hood cry out if he frightenedher, and then they would kill him. So, after fol-lowing her a little way, he came up to her verygently and said, "Good-day, Little Red Riding-Hood! Where are you going?""To see my grandmother." said the child, "andtake her a present from mother of eggs andbutter and cake.""Where does your grandmother live?" askedthe wolf."Quite in the middle of the wood," she replied."Oh! I think I know the house. Good-bye, Lit-tie Red Riding-Hood." And the wolf ran off asfast as he could go.Little Red Riding-Hood was not in a hurry. andthere were( many things to amuse her in the wood.She ran after the white and yellow butterflies thatdanced before her. and sometimes she caught one.I
LITTLE RED RIDI.'G-HOOD.but she always let it go again, for she never likedto hurt any creature.And then there were the merwy, cunning littlesquirrels to watch cracking nuts on the brancdesof the old trees, and every now and then a rabbitwould hurry away through the tall ferns, or Agreat bee come buzzing near her, and she wouldstop and watch it gather honey from the flowersand wild thyme. So she went on very slowly.By and by she saw Hugh, the woodman. "Whereare you going, Little Re RRiding-Hood," said he,"all alone?""I am going to my grandmamma's," said thechild. "Good-bye; I must make haste now. for itis becoming late."While Little Red Riding-Hood was playing inthe wood, the great wolf galloped on, as fast as hecould, to the old lady's house. She lived all byherself, and a neighbor's child came once or twicea day to tidy the house and get her food. Now,grandmother was very feeble, and was oftenobliged to keep her bed; and it happened shewas in bed the day Little Red Riding-Iood wentto see her. When the wolf reached the cottagedoor he tapped."Who is there?" asked the old lady."Little Red Riding-Hood, granny," said the wolf,trying to speak like the child.
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LITTLE RED RIDIXG-HOOD."Come in, my (cear," said the old lady, who wasa little deaf. "Pull the string, andl the latch will' come up."The wolf did as she told him, and went in, and;you may think how frightened poor grandmotherwas when she saw him instead of Little Red Rid-ing-Ilood.Now, the wolf, who was very hungry after hi;run, soon eat up the poor old lady. Indeed, she| was not enough for his breakfast, and so hethought he would like to eat sweet Little Red Rid-ing-Hood also. Therefore he dressed himself ingranny's night-cap and got into bed, and waitedfor the child to knock at the door.By and by Little Red Riding-Hood reached hergrandmother's house and tapped at the door."Come in," said the wolf, in a squeaking voice."Pull the string, and the latch will come up."Little Red Riding-Hood thought her grandmothermust have a cold, as she spoke so hoarsely; but shewent in at once, and there lay her granny, as shethought, in bed."If you please, granny, mother has sent me withsome butter and eggs.""Come here, dear," said the wicked wolf, "andlet me kiss you," and Little Red Riding-Hoodobeyed.But when Little Red Riding-Hood saw the wolf
LITTLE RED RIDL.G-HOOD.she felt frightened. She had nearly forgotten hergrandmother, but she did not think she had been so'ugly.i "Grandmother," she said, "what a great noseyou have.""All the better to smell with, my dear," said thewolf."And, grandmother, what large ears you have.""All the better to hear with," my dear." Ah! grandmother, and what large eyes you have.""All the better to see with, my dear," said thewolf, showing his teeth, for he longed to eat thechild up."Oh! grandmother, and what great teeth youhave!" said Little Red Riding-Hood."All the better to eat you up with," growled thewolf, and, jumping out of bed, he rushed at LittleRed Riding-Hood and would have eaten her up, butjust at that minute the door flew open and a greatdog tore him down. The wolf and dog were stillfighting when Hugh, the woodman, came in andtkilled the wicked wolf with his axe.Little Red Riding-Hood threw her arms aroundthe woodman flugh's neck and kissed him, andthanked himi agrain alnd again."Oh, you good, kind Hugh," she said, "how did(you know the wolf was here, in time to save me?"'"Well," said Hugh, "after you had passed, I re-
LITTLE RED RIDIXG-HOOD.membered that a wolf had been seen about thewood lately, and I thought I would just come afteryou and see if you were safe. When we came nearyour grandmother's house, Trim sniffed and ran tothe door and whined, and then he pushed it open-as you had not shut it close-and rushed in; and Ifollowed him, and between us we have killed thewolf."Then Hugh took the child home, and her motherand father could not thank him enough for savingtheir Little Red Riding-Hood, who was ilmlediatelyclasped in her delighted mother's arms.FINIS.;;; --- --;--- --- : ;; ; -; I ;
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