Little Red Riding Hood



Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl. Everyone who saw her liked her, but most of all her grandmother, who did not know what to give the child next. Once she gave her a little cap made of red velvet. Because it suited her so well, and she wanted to wear it all the time, she came to be known as Little Red Riding Hood. One day her mother said to her: "Come Little Red Riding Hood. Here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. Take them to your grandmother. She is sick and weak, and they will do her well. Mind your manners and give her my greetings. Behave yourself on the way, and do not leave the path, or you might fall down and break the glass, and then there will be nothing for your sick grandmother."

Little Red Riding Hood promised to obey her mother. The grandmother lived out in the woods, a half hour from the village. When Little Red Riding Hood entered the woods a wolf came up to her. She did not know what a wicked animal he was, and was not afraid of him. "Good day to you, Little Red Riding Hood." - "Thank you, wolf." - "Where are you going so early, Little Red Riding Hood?" - "To grandmother's." - "And what are you carrying under your apron?" - "Grandmother is sick and weak, and I am taking her some cake and wine. We baked yesterday, and they should give her strength." - "Little Red Riding Hood, just where does your grandmother live?" - "Her house is a good quarter hour from here in the woods, under the three large oak trees. There's a hedge of hazel bushes there. You must know the place," said Little Red Riding Hood. The wolf thought to himself: "Now there is a tasty bite for me. Just how are you going to catch her?" Then he said: "Listen, Little Red Riding Hood, haven't you seen the beautiful flowers that are blossoming in the woods? Why don't you go and take a look? And I don't believe you can hear how beautifully the birds are singing. You are walking along as though you were on your way to school in the village. It is very beautiful in the woods."

Little Red Riding Hood opened her eyes and saw the sunlight breaking through the trees and how the ground was covered with beautiful flowers. She thought: "If a take a bouquet to grandmother, she will be very pleased. Anyway, it is still early, and I'll be home on time." And she ran off into the woods looking for flowers. Each time she picked one she thought that she could see an even more beautiful one a little way off, and she ran after it, going further and further into the woods. But the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked on the door. "Who's there?" - "Little Red Riding Hood. I'm bringing you some cake and wine. Open the door for me." - "Just press the latch," called out the grandmother. "I'm too weak to get up." The wolf pressed the latch, and the door opened. He stepped inside, went straight to the grandmother's bed, and ate her up. Then he took her clothes, put them on, and put her cap on his head. He got into her bed and pulled the curtains shut.

Little Red Riding Hood had run after flowers, and did not continue on her way to grandmother's until she had gathered all that she could carry. When she arrived, she found, to her surprise, that the door was open. She walked into the parlor, and everything looked so strange that she thought: "Oh, my God, why am I so afraid? I usually like it at grandmother's." Then she went to the bed and pulled back the curtains. Grandmother was lying there with her cap pulled down over her face and looking very strange. "Oh, grandmother, what big ears you have!" - "All the better to hear you with." - "Oh, grandmother, what big eyes you have!" - "All the better to see you with." - "Oh, grandmother, what big hands you have!" - "All the better to grab you with!" - "Oh, grandmother, what a horribly big mouth you have!" - "All the better to eat you with!" And with that he jumped out of bed, jumped on top of poor Little Red Riding Hood, and ate her up.

As soon as the wolf had finished this tasty bite, he climbed back into bed, fell asleep, and began to snore very loudly. A huntsman was just passing by. He thought it strange that the old woman was snoring so loudly, so he decided to take a look. He stepped inside, and in the bed there lay the wolf that he had been hunting for such a long time. "He has eaten the grandmother, but perhaps she still can be saved. I won't shoot him," thought the huntsman. So he took a pair of scissors and cut open his belly. He had cut only a few strokes when he saw the red cap shining through. He cut a little more, and the girl jumped out and cried: "Oh, I was so frightened! It was so dark inside the wolf's body!" And then the grandmother came out alive as well. Then Little Red Riding Hood fetched some large heavy stones. They filled the wolf's body with them, and when he woke up and tried to run away, the stones were so heavy that he fell down dead.

The three of them were happy. The huntsman took the wolf's pelt. The grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine that Little Red Riding Hood had brought. And Little Red Riding Hood thought to herself: "As long as I live, I will never leave the path and run off into the woods by myself if mother tells me not to."

They also tell how Little Red Riding Hood was taking some baked things to her grandmother another time, when another wolf spoke to her and wanted her to leave the path. But Little Red Riding Hood took care and went straight to grandmother's. She told her that she had seen the wolf, and that he had wished her a good day, but had stared at her in a wicked manner. "If we hadn't been on a public road, he would have eaten me up," she said. "Come," said the grandmother. "Let's lock the door, so he can't get in." Soon afterward the wolf knocked on the door and called out: "Open up, grandmother. It's Little Red Riding Hood, and I'm bringing you some baked things." They remained silent, and did not open the door. The wicked one walked around the house several times, and finally jumped onto the roof. He wanted to wait until Little Red Riding Hood went home that evening, then follow her and eat her up in the darkness. But the grandmother saw what he was up to. There was a large stone trough in front of the house. "Fetch a bucket, Little Red Riding Hood," she said. "Yesterday I cooked some sausage. Carry the water that I boiled them with to the trough." Little Red Riding Hood carried water until the large, large trough was clear full. The smell of sausage arose into the wolf's nose. He sniffed and looked down, stretching his neck so long that he could no longer hold himself, and he began to slide. He slid off the roof, fell into the trough, and drowned. And Little Red Riding Hood returned home happily and safely.
从前有个可爱的小姑娘,谁见了都喜欢,但最喜欢她的是她的奶奶,简直是她要什么就给她什么。 一次,奶奶送给小姑娘一顶用丝绒做的小红帽,戴在她的头上正好合适。 从此,姑娘再也不愿意戴任何别的帽子,于是大家便叫她"小红帽"。
奶奶住在村子外面的森林里,离小红帽家有很长一段路。 小红帽刚走进森林就碰到了一条狼。 小红帽不知道狼是坏家伙,所以一点也不怕它。
小红帽抬起头来,看到阳光在树木间来回跳荡,美丽的鲜花在四周开放,便想:"也许我该摘一把鲜花给奶奶,让她高兴高兴。现在天色还早,我不会去迟的。"她于是离开大路,走进林子去采花。 她每采下一朵花,总觉得前面还有更美丽的花朵,便又向前走去,结果一直走到了林子深处。
狼刚拉起门栓,那门就开了。 狼二话没说就冲到奶奶的床前,把奶奶吞进了肚子。 然后她穿上奶奶的衣服,戴上她的帽子,躺在床上,还拉上了帘子。
可这时小红帽还在跑来跑去地采花。 直到采了许多许多,她都拿不了啦,她才想起奶奶,重新上路去奶奶家。
看到奶奶家的屋门敞开着,她感到很奇怪。 她一走进屋子就有一种异样的感觉,心中便想:"天哪!平常我那么喜欢来奶奶家,今天怎么这样害怕?"她大声叫道:"早上好!",可是没有听到回答。 她走到床前拉开帘子,只见奶奶躺在床上,帽子拉得低低的,把脸都遮住了,样子非常奇怪。
狼刚把话说完,就从床上跳起来,把小红帽吞进了肚子,狼满足了食欲之后便重新躺到床上睡觉,而且鼾声震天。 一位猎人碰巧从屋前走过,心想:"这老太太鼾打得好响啊!我要进去看看她是不是出什么事了。"猎人进了屋,来到床前时却发现躺在那里的竟是狼。 "你这老坏蛋,我找了你这么久,真没想到在这里找到你!"他说。 他正准备向狼开枪,突然又想到,这狼很可能把奶奶吞进了肚子,奶奶也许还活着。 猎人就没有开枪,而是操起一把剪刀,动手把呼呼大睡的狼的肚子剪了开来。 他刚剪了两下,就看到了红色的小帽子。 他又剪了两下,小姑娘便跳了出来,叫道:"真把我吓坏了!狼肚子里黑漆漆的。"接着,奶奶也活着出来了,只是有点喘不过气来。 小红帽赶紧跑去搬来几块大石头,塞进狼的肚子。 狼醒来之后想逃走,可是那些石头太重了,它刚站起来就跌到在地,摔死了。
三个人高兴极了。 猎人剥下狼皮,回家去了;奶奶吃了小红帽带来的蛋糕和葡萄酒,精神好多了;而小红帽却在想:"要是妈妈不允许,我一辈子也不独自离开大路,跑进森林了。"
人们还说,小红帽后来又有一次把蛋糕送给奶奶,而且在路上又有一只狼跟她搭话,想骗她离开大路。 可小红帽这次提高了警惕,头也不回地向前走。 她告诉奶奶她碰到了狼,那家伙嘴上虽然对她说"你好",眼睛里却露着凶光,要不是在大路上,它准把她给吃了。 "那么,"奶奶说,"我们把门关紧,不让它进来。"不一会儿,狼真的一面敲着门一面叫道:"奶奶,快开门呀。我是小红帽,给你送蛋糕来了。"但是她们既不说话,也不开门。 这长着灰毛的家伙围着房子转了两三圈,最后跳上屋顶,打算等小红帽在傍晚回家时偷偷跟在她的后面,趁天黑把她吃掉。 可奶奶看穿了这家伙的坏心思。 她想起屋子前有一个大石头槽子,便对小姑娘说:"小红帽,把桶拿来。我昨天做了一些香肠,提些煮香肠的水去倒进石头槽里。"小红帽提了很多很多水,把那个大石头槽子装得满满的。 香肠的气味飘进了狼的鼻孔,它使劲地用鼻子闻呀闻,并且朝下张望着,到最后把脖子伸得太长了,身子开始往下滑。 它从屋顶上滑了下来,正好落在大石槽中,淹死了。 小红帽高高兴兴地回了家,从此再也没有谁伤害过她。

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