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82 The Wolf and the Goat 53. There lived and dwelt this goat, and it made a hut for itself in the forest and gave birth to children. The goat often went into a forest to search for food. Whenever she would leave, the kids would lock up the hut, and they themselves never went out. The nanny would return, knock on the door, and sing out,“My little kiddies, my children! Open up, unlock the door! I, the nanny goat, have been in the forest. I ate the silken grass and drank the cold water. Milk is running out of my udder, from my udder to my hoof, from my hoof into the damp earth!” The kids would immediately open the doors and let their mother in. She would feed them and go off again into the forest, and the kids would lock up solidly. Now a wolf heard all this. He waited for the time when the goat had gone to the forest, and he went up to the hut and shouted in his coarse voice, “You, children, grandfathers, open up, unlock! Your mother has come, she has brought milk, and her hooves are filled with water!” But the kid goats answered,“We hear you, we hear you, but that is not our mother’s voice! Our mother sings with a thin voice, and doesn’t speak like that.” The wolf went away and hid. Soon the mother goat came and knocked,“Kiddies, my children! Open up, unlock the door! I, the nanny goat, have been to the forest. I’ve eaten the silken grass and drunk the cold water. Milk is running from my udder, from my udder to my hoof, from my hoof into the damp earth!” The kids let their mother in and told her how that lone wolf had come, wanting to eat them up. The goat fed them, and as she was leaving for the forest, she gave them strict instructions: If anyone should come to the hut and request in a coarse voice to be let in and not repeat what she had just said, they were not to admit them through the door. The goat had no sooner left, when the wolf ran up to the hut and started saying in a thin little voice,“Kiddies, children! Open up, unlock the door! I, a nanny goat, have been in the forest. I ate the silken grass and have drunk the cold water . Milk is running from my udder, from my udder to my hoof, from my hoof into the damp earth!” The kid goats opened the door, the wolf ran into the hut and ate them all up. Only one little goat had hidden—he’d crawled into the stove. The Wolf and the Goat  h 83 The goat came home. No matter what she said, no one opened up to her. She went up closer to the door and saw that everything had been opened. She went into the hut and all was empty. She looked into the stove and found her only baby. When the goat learned of her misfortune, she sat down on a bench and began weeping bitterly, intoning,“Oh you, my little children, my little goats! Why ever did you open up, unlock, be prey to that evil wolf? He has eaten you all and made me a goat with great woe and sadness.” The wolf heard this, entered the hut and said to the goat,“Oh you, my friend, my dear friend! Why do you fault me? Would I really have done that? Let’s go into the forest for a walk.”“No, friend, I’m not up to a walk.”“Let’s go,” said the wolf, trying to persuade her. So they set off into the forest, and they came across a pit. And in that pit some robbers had been preparing porridge not long before, and they’d left a little fire. The goat said to the wolf,“Friend, let’s see who can jump across this pit!” They got ready to jump. The wolf jumped and landed right in the hot pit. Its belly burst open from the fire, and the little kids ran out and leapt to their mother. And they began living and prospering, and acquiring wisdom and avoiding bad things. 54. Once, somewhere, this full-bellied goat was walking along. She came up under an apple tree and said,“Apple tree, apple tree! Let me be delivered beneath you...

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ISBN
9781626740549
Related ISBN
9781628460933
MARC Record
OCLC
878813021
Pages
560
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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