Red Riding Hood
ONCE upon a time there was a little
girl who was loved by all who knew her. Her grandmother made her a little red
cloak with a red hood. The cloak was so nice and warm that she often wore it.
She wore it so often that people called her Red Riding Hood.
One day, her mother said to her:
"Red Riding Hood, I want you to take a
basket of good things to your grandmother, who isn't very well; some bread, a
cake, and a piece of fresh butter."
Her mother put the things in a basket.
"Don't run," she said, "or you may fall down with your basket. But don't go
too slowly or you will be too late. Just go quickly and carefully. And don't
talk to any strangers you may meet." "I will do just as you tell me, Mother,"
said Red Riding Hood, and she put on her red cloak and left the house.
Her grandmother lived in a wood about
half-an-hour's walk away from the village. Red Riding Hood went carefully; she
didn't run and she didn't walk too slowly. When she was going through the
wood, she met a wolf. Red Riding Hood had no idea what a wicked and cruel
animal the wolf was, so she was not afraid of him. She quite forgot that her
mother had told her not to speak to strangers. "Good morning, Red Riding
Hood," said the wolf. "Good morning, wolf," said Red Riding Hood. "Where are
you going so early?" asked the wolf. "I am going to visit my grandmother who
is not very well," answered Red Riding Hood. "What have you in your basket?"
"I have some bread, a cake, and a piece of fresh butter." "Where does your
grandmother live?" "She lives in the wood. Her house is under three oak-trees
and there are nut bushes beside it."
"This pretty little girl will be a
tasty dinner for me!" thought the wolf, and he looked hungrily at Red Riding
Hood. "She will be more tasty than the old woman. But if I am careful, perhaps
I can eat them both up."
He would have eaten 2
Red Riding Hood at once, but he could hear the sound of an axe near by. That
meant that there were men not far away, and he did not want to be caught.
3 So the wolf walked along with Red Riding Hood for a while.
Then he said:
"Look at the pretty flowers, Red
Riding Hood! Why don't you gather some flowers for your grandmother? She will
be very pleased with some fresh flowers if she is not well and cannot go out."
"What a good idea! It is quite early.
I have time to pick flowers," said Red Riding Hood. She looked around and saw
many lovely bright flowers. So she walked under the trees and picked the
flowers. Each time she picked one, she always saw another prettier flower
farther on. She went deeper and deeper into the wood. At the same time she
listened to the birds in the trees as they sang their sweet songs.
But the wolf went straight to the
grandmother's house. When he reached the house, he knocked at the door. Toc!
"Who is there?" asked the grandmother
in a weak voice.
"It is Red Riding Hood," said the
wolf, and he tried to make his gruff voice sound soft. 4 "I
have brought you some bread, a cake, and a piece of fresh butter."
"Lift the latch and walk in," said the
grandmother. "I am too weak to get up."
The wolf lifted the latch, and he
walked into the house.
The old lady was lying in bed. The
wolf went straight up to the bed and swallowed her up. Then he put on a
nightdress and a nightcap, got into the grandmother's bed and drew the
When Red Riding Hood had gathered as
many flowers as she could carry, she hurried on to her grandmother's house.
She was very surprised when she got to
the house and found the door open. And when she entered the room, everything
seemed so strange. 6 She felt quite frightened, but she did
not know why.
"Good morning, Grandmother," she
cried. But she received no answer.
Then she went up to the bed and drew
the curtains back. There lay her grandmother, but she had pulled her nightcap
over her face, and she looked very strange.
"Oh Grandmother, what big ears you
have!" said Red Riding Hood.
"The better to hear you with, my
dear," said the wolf. "Oh Grandmother, what big eyes you have!" "The better to
see you with, my dear." "Oh Grandmother, what big hands you have!" "The better
to hug you with, my dear." "Oh Grandmother, what big teeth you have!" "The
better to eat you with, my dear." With these words, the wicked wolf jumped out
of bed and swallowed poor little Red Riding Hood. Then, after such a good
meal, he went back to bed for a rest. Soon he was asleep and snoring loudly.
Later on 7 a hunter
went past the house and he heard the wolf's loud snores.
Of course he thought it was the grandmother.
"How loudly the old lady is snoring,"
he thought. "Perhaps she is not well. I'll just open the door and see if she
is all right." So he went into the house and saw the wolf asleep in the old
"I know who you are," said the hunter.
"You've done bad things for years. Well, you'll never have a chance to kill
He raised his gun to shoot,
8 when he thought that perhaps the wolf had swallowed the old
lady, and that she might still be saved. 9
So he took a knife and carefully cut
open the wolf 10 as he lay asleep. The little girl jumped
out and cried, "Oh, how frightened I was! It was so dark inside the wolf."
Next the old grandmother came out, alive but very weak after her horrible
They were quite happy now. The hunter
took the wolf's skin home. The grandmother ate all the good things which Red
Riding Hood brought, and she soon felt quite strong. As for Red Riding Hood,
she decided always to follow her mother's advice. 11
1 Red Riding Hood —
riding hood — шапочка для верховой езды).
Особой известностью пользуется французский
вариант этой сказки, принадлежащий Шарлю Перро.
2 He would have eaten
— Он бы съел
3 he did not want to
be caught — он не хотел,
чтобы его поймали
4 he tried to make his
gruff voice sound soft — он старался,
чтобы его грубый голос звучал как можно
5 drew the curtains — задернул
занавески (около кровати)
6 everything seemed so strange —
все показалось таким необычным
7 Later on —
8 He raised his gun to
shoot — Он поднял свое ружье,
9 she might still be
saved — ее можно еще спасти
10 carefully cut open
the wolf — осторожно распорол живот волку
11 As for ... always
to follow her mother's advice — Что касается
... всегда следовать маминым советам