The Blue Fairy Book
Little Red Riding Hood
ONCE upon a time there lived in a certain village a little country girl, the prettiest
creature was ever seen. Her mother was excessively fond of her; and her
grandmother doted on her still more. This good woman had made for her a little
red riding-hood; which became the girl so extremely well that everybody called
her Little Red Riding-Hood.
One day her mother, having made some custards, said to her:
"Go, my dear, and see how thy grandmamma does, for I hear she has been very
ill; carry her a custard, and this little pot of butter."
Little Red Riding-Hood set out immediately to go to her grandmother, who lived
in another village.
As she was going through the wood, she met with Gaffer Wolf, who had a very
great mind to eat her up, but he dared not, because of some faggot-makers hard
by in the forest. He asked her whither she was going. The poor child, who did not
know that it was dangerous to stay and hear a wolf talk, said to him:
"I am going to see my grandmamma and carry her a custard and a little pot of
butter from my mamma."
"Does she live far off?" said the Wolf.
"Oh! ay," answered Little Red Riding-Hood; "it is beyond that mill you see there,
at the first house in the village."
"Well," said the Wolf, "and I'll go and see her too. I'll go this way and you go that,
and we shall see who will be there soonest."