“The Story of Grandmother.” The Classic Fairy Tales. Ed. Maria Tartar. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1999. 10-11.
This is the one of the various folklore versions of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Warning: this version of the folk tale was recorded during a time when children were seen as adults, so The Story of Grandmother may not be suitable for younger audiences. If your an adult, and you’re ready to open your eyes to the origins of fairy tales, then please feel free to read on.
The Story of Grandmother
There was once a woman who had made some bread. She said to her daughter: “Take this loaf of hot bread and this bottle of milk over to granny’s.”
The little girl left. At the crossroads she met a wolf, who asked: “Where are you going?”
“I’m taking a loaf of hot bread and a bottle of hot milk to granny’s,” [the little girl replied].
“Which path are you going to take,” asked the wolf, “the path of needles or the path of pins?
“The path of needles,” said the little girl.
“Well, then, I’ll take the path of pins.”
The little girl had fun picking up needles. Meanwhile, the wolf arrived at granny’s, killed her put some of her flesh in the pantry and a bottle of her blood on the shelf. The little girl got there and knocked at the door.
“Push the door,” said the wolf, “it’s latched with a wet straw.”
“Hello, granny. I’m bringing you a loaf of hot bread and a bottle of milk.”
“Put it in the pantry, my child. take some of the meat in there along with the bottle of wine on the shelf.”
There was a little cat in the room who watched her eat and said: “Phoney! You’re a slut if you eat the flesh and drink the blood of granny.”
“Take your clothes off, my child,” said the wolf, “and come into bed with me.”
“Where should I put my apron?”
“Throw it in the fire, my child. You won’t be needing it any longer.”
When she asked the wolf where to put all her other things, her bodice, her dress, her skirt, and her stocking, each time he said: “Throw them into the fire, my child. You won’t be needing them any longer.”
“Oh, Grandmother, how hairy you are!”
“It’s to keep me warmer, my child”
“Oh, Grandmother, those long nails you have!”
“It’s to scratch me better, my child.”
“Oh, Grandmother, those big shoulders that you have!”
“All the better to carry kindling from the woods, my child.”
“Oh, Grandmother, those big ears that you have!”
“All the better to hear you with, my child.”
“Oh, Grandmother, that big mouth you have!”
“All the better to eat you with, my child!”
“Oh, Grandmother, I need to go outside to relieve myself.”
“Do it in the bed, my child.”
“No, Grandmother, I want to go outside.”
“All right, but don’t stay out long.”
The wolf tied a rope made of wool to leg foot and let her go outside.
When the girl was outside, she attached the end of the rope to a plum tree in the yard. The wolf got impatient and said: “Are you making cables out there? Are you making cables?
When he realized that there was no one answer, he jumped out of bed and saw discovered that the little girl had escaped. He followed her, but he reached her house only afer she gotten inside.