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The eight young goats

There was once a goat. This goat was called Yagisan. She had eight kids. These eight kids liked her, and the goat liked them.

One day Yagisan left for the city; she was going to provision. Before leaving, she told the kids:

– My children, you have to be well-behaved in my absence. You will not leave. You will not open the door to anyone, absolutely anyone. I will be back soon. I will bring you candy.

The kids promised to be very wise not to go out and open the door to anyone, absolutely anyone. And the goat went a basket on her arm. The child shut all doors. Then, to pass the time, they began to play pigeon flies.

Yagisan strode into town. The wolf saw her passing. He had the idea to jump on her and eat her. For the wolf like goats. Then, on reflection, he said:

– Instead of eating mom, I’ll eat the kids. They are eight, and the meat is more tender.

goats The kids promised to be well-behaved.

He heads this step towards the house of the goat. On the way he licks his lips and sharpens his teeth.

– Provided that the door is open! he thought.

He is coming. The door is closed. Through a slot, he sees the eight kids playing pigeon flies. He knocks softly.

– Who’s there? asks the elder ones.

– Do not open. Mom warned us, said the youngest.

– It is I, answer the wolf; me, your aunt; You know, your aunt Hayatobisan. I bring you candy. Open to me!

– This voice is not the voice of our aunt, says one of the kids. Our aunt has a much softer voice, more trembling and more drawling.

– We do not open our aunt! then shouts the elder ones.

And all start to laugh and continue to play.

The wolf has heard. He blames himself for not having a soft , trembling and drawling voice.

– I’ll be back! he said.

And he quickly runs to a famous pharmacist:

– Give me, he said, a medicine to soften and make the voice trembling.

The pharmacist gives him the remedy, but the wolf is careful to tell the pharmacist why he wants to change his voice.

After taking the medicine, he returns home from the goat. The door is always closed; the kids still play. The wolf knocks softly

– Who’s there? asks the elder ones.

– Do not open! Mom warned us, repeat the younger.

– It is I, answer the wolf … me, your grandmother … you know, your grandmother Nakigoesan! Open me. I bring zou cabbage leaves!

A curious kid approaches the door and looks through the slot.

– It is not our grandmother, he exclaims. Grandmother has quite white feet, white as snow. It has all black feet, black as coal.

– We do not open our grandmother, then shouts the elder ones, and all start laughing, and continue to play.

The wolf has heard. He blames himself for not having white feet as snow.

– I will, he said.

And he quickly runs to a famous dyer:

– Please dye my feet in white; make them as white as snow.

The dyer dyed his feet, but the wolf is careful not to say dyer why he wants to have his feet white as snow. After that, the wolf still returns home to goats. The door is always closed; the kids still play. The wolf knocks softly.

goats The dyer dyed his feet.

– Who’s there? asks the elder one.

– Do not open! Mom warned us, repeat the younger.

– It is I, answer the wolf … me, your mom! I return from the city and I bring you candy.

– The mother! shout in chorus the eight small kids.

This time, doubt is no longer possible. The voice is the voice of the goat; the feet are his feet. It is the mother! … The door opens … the wolf enters. The younger kids rushes behind a screen. He stands there, trembling with fear. He sees his seven brothers disappear one after the other in the great mouth of the wolf.

This one, having finished his meal, left the house of the goat back to the forest.

Yagisan back in town. She saw the door open. A terrible premonition seized. She enters and sees her little … On the mats, bloodstains:

– Oh! she cried, tearing his hair in despair, they opened the door! … the wolf came and ate them! …

And she cries!

The youngest kid had hidden behind the screen. The wolf had not seen him. Seeing his mother, he comes out of hiding, throws herself into his arms, and with a trembling voice, tells him the terrible adventure.

The goat, having heard everything, straightens furious. Her eyes flash.

– I’ll find my little ones, she cries, and I will avenge!

And, followed by her kid, she rushed to the wolf track.

The wolf was returned to the woods. He lay in a thicket, and there, while his digestion, he had fallen asleep.

Yagisan found him asleep in the bushes. His sleep is deep. He snores loudly. The goat approaches quietly because it does not want to wake up the wolf. It takes scissors and carefully half opened the belly skin. The wolf does not wake up. The seven little goats are there in the wolf, live, healthy, packed like little birds in their nest.

They come out with loud cheers. They recognize their mom, throw themselves on his neck, cover it with kisses. The wolf is still asleep. But there is no time to lose. Quickly, the mother directs the seven little to bring her each one a stone. Small obey instantly. The goat took the seven stones and deposit them into the wolf, in the same place where just before were his seven kids. Then he took a big needle and thick thread, she puts the big needle and carefully stitched up the abdominal skin. That done, she withdrew away with the eight kids.

During the operation, the wolf was still sleeping. He wakes up after a quarter of an hour, got up, rubbed his eyes, stretches. His stomach is heavy, very heavy!

– The digestion is difficult! he said aloud.

The kids have heard. They stifle a laugh.

The wolf is devoured by thirst, a burning thirst. Going down to a pond, approaches and decline to drink. At that moment, the seven stones roll one after another until around his throat. The wolf, driven by the weight, falls into the pond.

goats The wolf, driven by the weight, falls into the pond.

Goat and kids see the wolf struggling. They applaud, laugh and sing. The wolf came down to the bottom of the pond, from where he was no longer emerged …

Revenge of the goats is terrible!

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