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In “ The Company of Wolves”, Angela Carter immediately sets forth the nature of the young girl when she tells us, “strong-minded child insists that she will go off through the wood"(1223). She has no fear for the wolves, but "well-warned, she lays a carving knife in the basket her mother has packed with cheeses"(1223,1224). In addition, she is not naïve, but fearless; "she has been too much loved ever to feel scared"(1224). And, with her virginity intact, "she does not know how to shiver" (1224). Her virginity, is not just a treasure, but it is her empowering source. The moving “within the invisible pentacle of her own virginity,” allows Red Riding Hood to be wary of danger (1224). Unfortunately, her protective instincts are overcome by her fearlessness. As a result, when she meets the hunter they begin to “laugh and joke like old friends,” and she gives him her basket, knife and all, based simply on his word that his rifle will protect them from the wolves (1224). Her fearlessness even causes her to accept a wager from the hunter that he can reach her grandmother’s house before she does and, if he does, she will owe him a kiss. And,
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