upon a time there was a man who had fine
and country, gold and silver plate,
and coaches gilt all over
this man had a blue beard, which made him look so uglY
and terrible, that there was not a woman or girl who
not run away from him.
One of his neighbours, a ladyof rank, had two daughters,
who were perfectly beautiful.
He proposed to
.of them, leaving the mother to choose which of the two
she would give him.
Neither of the daughters, however,
would marry a man with a blue beard.
A further reason
which they had for disliking him was, that he had already
been married several times, and nobody knew what had
become of his wives.
Blue Beard, in order to improve
the acquaintance, took the girls
their mother, three
or four of their most intimate friends, and some other
young people who resided in the neighbourhood to one
of his country seats, where they spent an entire week.
was thought of but excursions, hunting and
Nobody went to bed
the whole night was passed in
games and playing merry tricks on one another.
all went off so well, that the youngest daughter began to
think that the beard of the master of the house was not so
blue as it used
be, and that he was a very worthy man.
I have brought a cake and a little jar of b tter, which my
mother has sent you:'
The Wolf called out, this time in r
er a softer voice
the bobbin, aI1.Q the latch will
Ridmg-Hood pulled the bobbin, a
the door opened.
When the Wolf saw her come i , he hid himself under
the bedclothes, and
.. Put the cake and the
little jar of butter
ard, and come into bed
Little Red Riding-flood
and went to the
bedside, and was very fnuch
see how different
her grandmother looked
what she did when she was up
.. Grandmother," she exclaimed,
what long arms you
.. All the better to
ug you with, my little girl:'
at long legs you have
.. All the better t
run with, child:'
.. Grandmother what long ears you have!