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Little Red Riding Hood as Told by Jane Austen

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

I've been experimenting with ChatGPT. I just asked it to write Little Red Riding Hood in the style of Jane Austen.



Once upon a time, in a verdant wood, a fair and modest young maiden named Little Red Riding Hood was sent by her dear mother to deliver a basket of victuals to her aged grandmother, who lived in a cottage on the other side of the forest. Little did the sweet girl know, that she would soon encounter a perilous situation.

As she trod lightly along the sylvan path, taking in the beauty of the foliage and the song of the birds, she noticed a gentlemanly figure approaching her. This was none other than the notorious wolf, who was known to be cunning and devious. But Little Red Riding Hood, being a gentlewoman of good breeding, did not fear him and greeted him courteously.

"Good day, sir," said she, with a demure curtsy.

"Good day to you, fair maid," replied the wolf, with a suave smile. "And whither are you bound?"

"I am on my way to my grandmother's cottage, to deliver some nourishment to her," answered Little Red Riding Hood, holding her basket close to her chest.

"How delightful," exclaimed the wolf, his eye

s glinting with avarice. "Perhaps you would be so kind as to show me the way?"

Being a trusting soul, Little Red Riding Hood agreed to the request, and the wolf gallantly escorted her through the forest. However, as they walked, the wolf began to ask her personal questions, and Little Red Riding Hood, being innocent and naive, answered them without suspicion.

"Tell me, my dear," said the wolf, with a sly grin. "What is in that basket you carry?"

"It is some bread and butter, and a pot of honey, for my grandmother," replied Little Red Riding Hood, innocently.

"Ah, how lovely," murmured the wolf, his eyes gleaming with greed. "And where is your grandmother's cottage, pray?"

"It is just beyond the clearing, by the old oak tree," said Little Red Riding Hood, pointing ahead.

"Thank you, my dear," said the wolf, with a mocking bow. "I shall bid you good day now." And with that, the wolf vanished into the forest, leaving Little Red Riding Hood to continue her journey alone. But as she drew near to her grandmother's cottage, she noticed something amiss. The door was open, and the cottage looked ransacked. Fearful for her grandmother's safety, Little Red Riding Hood crept inside, and was horrified to find the wolf disguised in her grandmother's clothing, lying in her bed.

"Grandmother, what big eyes you have!" exclaimed Little Red Riding Hood, as she peered at the wolf.

"All the better to see you with, my dear," replied the wolf, baring his sharp teeth.

"Grandmother, what big ears you have!" cried Little Red Riding Hood, as she backed away.

"All the better to hear you with, my dear," replied the wolf, his eyes glinting with malice.

"Grandmother, what big teeth you have!" shrieked Little Red Riding Hood, as she ran towards the door.

"All the better to eat you with, my dear!" roared the wolf, as he lunged at her.

But just then, a brave woodsman burst into the cottage, and with his trusty axe, slew the wolf and rescued Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother from harm.

From that day forth, Little Red Riding Hood learned to be more cautious and less trusting of strangers, and she lived a long and happy life, always remembering the perilous adventure that had taught her so much.


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