HOUSEHOLD STORIES from The BROTHERS GRIMM

51 Tales translated to English by Lucy Crane & Illustrated by Walter Crane

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134                            GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
" Oh dear, how uncomfortable I feel, and I was so glad this morning to go to my grandmother !"
And when she said, " Good morning," there was no answer. Then she went up to the bed and drew back the curtains: there lay the grandmother with her cap pulled over her eyes, so that she looked very odd.
" O grandmother, what large ears you have got!"
" The better to hear with."
" O grandmother, what great eyes you have got!"
" The better to see with."
" O grandmother, what large hands you have got! "
"The better to take hold of you with."
" But, grandmother, what a terrible large mouth you have got!"
" The better to devour you !" And no sooner had the wolf said it than he made one bound from the bed, and swal­lowed up poor Little Red-cap.
Then the wolf, having satisfied his hunger, lay down again in the bed, went to sleep, and began to snore loudly. The huntsman heard him as he was passing by the house, and thought,
" How the old woman snores—I had better see if there is anything the matter with her."
Then he went into the room, and walked up to the bed, and saw the wolf lying there.
" At last I find you, you old sinner !" said he; "I have been looking for you a long tyne." And he made up his mind that the wolf had swallowed the grandmother whole, and that she might yet be saved. So he did not fire, but took a pair of shears and began to slit up the wolfs body. When he made a few snips Little Red-cap appeared, and after a few more snips she jumped out and cried, " Oh dear, how frightened I have been ! it is so dark inside the wolf." And then out came the old grandmother, still living and breathing. But Little Red-cap went and quickly fetched some large stones, with which she filled the wolfs body, so that when he waked up, and was going to rush away, the stones were so heavy that he sank down and fell dead.
They were all three very pleased. The huntsman took off the wolfs skin, and carried it home. The grandmother ate