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The Wolf, the Goat, and the Kid

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The Wolf, the Goat, and the Kid

by Jean de La Fontaine

Genre: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Young Audiences
Setting: Fantasy
Format of Original Source: Fable
Recommended Adaptation Length: 10 Minutes

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed

EXCERPT:

As went a goat of grass to take her fill,
And browse the herbage of a distant hill,
She latch’d her door, and bid,
With matron care, her kid;
“My daughter, as you live,
This portal don’t undo
To any creature who
This watchword does not give:
‘Deuce take the wolf and all his race!'”
The wolf was passing near the place
By chance, and heard the words with pleasure,
And laid them up as useful treasure;
And hardly need we mention,
Escaped the goat’s attention.
No sooner did he see
The matron off, than he,
With hypocritic tone and face,
Cried out before the place,
“Deuce take the wolf and all his race!”
Not doubting thus to gain admission.



COMMENTS:

The translation is in verse; a head-start on lyrics.


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