The Tales of Mother Goose

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The Tales of Mother Goose  (1901) 
by Charles Perrault, translated by Charles Welsh

"She met with Gaffer Wolf."

HEATH SUPPLEMENTARY READERS




THE TALES OF

MOTHER GOOSE


AS FIRST COLLECTED BY
CHARLES PERRAULT IN 1696


A NEW TRANSLATION BY CHARLES WELSH

Introduction by
M. V. O'Shea

Illustrated By D. J. Munro
AFTER DRAWINGS BY GUSTAVE DORÉ





D. C. HEATH AND COMPANY

BOSTON
ATLANTA
NEW YORK CHICAGO
DALLAS
LONDON
SAN FRANCISCO

Copyright 1901,

By D. C. Heath & Co.

Printed in U.S.A.

4e5

CONTENTS

PAGE
Introduction by Professor M. V. O'Shea vii
List of Illustrations ix
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper 1
The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood 13
Little Thumb 29
The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots 45
Riquet of the Tuft 54
Blue Beard 66
The Fairy 75
Little Red Riding-Hood 80
Note 85

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"She met with Gaffer Wolf" Frontispiece
  PAGE
"It went on very easily" 11
"Let me see if I can do it" 15
"Slipped in under his father's seat" 30
"The Marquis of Carabas is drowning!" 48
"I am exact in keeping my word" 63
"If you open it, there's nothing you may not expect from my anger" 67
"With all my heart, Goody" 75
"He fell upon the good woman" 83

INTRODUCTION

What virtues do these stories possess that have kept them alive for so long a time? They have to some degree stimulated and nourished qualities of supreme worth in individual and social life. With the young the struggle against greed and falsehood and pride and cowardice is a very real one, and situations in which these homely, fundamental traits are involved are full of interest and seriousness. Again, to mature people the reward of well-doing and the punishment of evil conduct portrayed in these stories are apt to seem too realistic, too much also on the cut-and-dried pattern; but it is far different with children. They have a very concrete sense of right and wrong, and they demand a clear, explicit, tangible outcome for every sort of action. They must have concrete, living examples, with the appropriate outcome of each, set before them.

A modest, faithful child will be strengthened in his good qualities; while one lacking these will have them aroused, to some extent at any rate, by following Cinderella in her career. Arrogance and selfishness come to unhappy straits in this fancy world, and they are likely to fare the same in the real world; so it would be better to part company with them, and take up with gentleness and kindliness and faithfulness instead. And every one may be of some help to others if he be only of the right mind. The brother who thought himself faring badly with only a cat for a legacy learns betimes that even so small and apparently helpless a creature may be of much service when he is rightly disposed. A person might think little Thumb could accomplish nothing of value to any one, but he again teaches the child that all depends on the willingness to be of assistance, the good-heartedness, the fellow-feeling which one has for others.

In making this version anew the translator has endeavored to retain the characteristics of the style of the early chap-book versions, while evading the pompous, stilted language and Johnsonian phraseology so fashionable when they were first translated.

University of Wisconsin


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1914, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 99 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.