From the Charles Perrault Collection
Once upon a time there lived in a certain village a little country girl, the prettiest thing that ever was seen. Her mother was very fond of her, and her grandmother loved her even more. This good woman made for her a little red riding-hood, which suited the girl so well that everybody called her Little Red Riding-hood.
One day her mother, having made some custard, said to her:
“Go, my dear, and see how your grandmother is doing; I hear she has been very ill; carry her some custard and this little pot of butter.”
Little Red Riding-hood set out immediately to go to her grandmother’s, who lived in another village.
As she was going through the wood, she met Gaffer Wolf, who had a good mind to eat her up; but he didn’t dare to, because there were wood cutters nearby in the forest. After making sure no one was looking, he asked her where she was going.