The fairy tale that comes to mind first when thinking about my childhood is Little Red Riding Hood, which is why I decided to read Little Red-Cap. The Grimm Brothers version was *slightly different from what I remember as a child growing up. For instance the begging when little red-Caps mother is instructing her to go to her grandmother’s house giving her the items she is to bring and ordering what she is not to do while on the walk is one of the many things I found different. The Grimm’s tell the story,
“Come, Little Red-cap, here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine; take them to your grandmother, she is ill and weak, and they will do her good. Set out before it gets hot, and when you’re going, walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path, or you may fall and break the bottle, and then your grandmother will get nothing...”
In the story that I grew up with there was no mention of alcohol. Therefore there was no bottle given to little Red-Cap, and she wasn't instructed to not go off the path because she could fall and break it. In mine, she is instructed not to talk to strangers and to stay on path because so she wouldn't get lost. As to the bottle, in place of the wine in her basket her mother had put fruit, and cake.
The second thing I noticed to be different from the story I recall reading as a child was the wolf interacting with little red-Cap prior to going to the grandmother’s house. In the Grimm’s version the wolf ends up tricking her into going off the path by telling her she should go and look at the beautiful flowers.
“See, Little Red-Cap, how pretty the flowers are about here- why do you not look around?”
When looking around seeing how beautiful they were she replies,
“Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay; that would please her too.”
In my version I don’t actually recall any mentioning of flowers , the only thing I recollect of the wolfs and Little red-caps meeting in the woods, is the wolf coming up to her asking where...