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Le Cabinet des Fées Or Recreative Readings Arranged for the Express Use of Students in French   By: (1628-1703)

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LE CABINET DES FÉES,

OR

RECREATIVE READINGS,

ARRANGED FOR THE EXPRESS USE OF STUDENTS IN FRENCH.

BY GEORGES GÉRARD A. M. PROFESSOR OF FRENCH AND LITERATURE, AND AUTHOR OF SEVERAL WORKS TO FACILITATE THE RAPID ACQUIREMENT OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE.

NEW YORK: D. APPLETON AND COMPANY, 346 & 348 BROADWAY. M.DCCC.LIX

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by D. APPLETON & COMPANY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

PREFACE.

Little need be said, at the present day, of the importance of a knowledge of the French Language. It is the key to immense treasures in literature and science, the medium of communication in European diplomacy, and is, confessedly, an indispensable accomplishment of the modern traveller and the man of liberal education.

We have, therefore, only to explain the object and claims of the present work. In offering it to the American student we have endeavored to meet an obvious want of a suitable book of exercises in translating from the French to produce a work adapted peculiarly to the wants of American society calculated to interest as well as instruct beginners of every age, and suited alike for the use of private students and promiscuous classes.

After an experience of many years in teaching, we are convinced that such works as the Adventures of Telemachus, and the History of Charles the Twelfth despite their incontestable beauty of style and richness of material are too difficult for beginners, even of mature age. Such works, too, consisting of a continuous narrative, present to most students the discouraging prospect of a formidable undertaking which they fear will never be completed.

On the other hand, a mere book of fables, although free from the last objection, is, in general, too narrow in its scope to fulfil the desired end.

To avoid the difficulties and secure the advantages mentioned, we have chosen the Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault and Madame de Beaumont. The department of literature thus sought as the means of instruction in language, supplies, as our own experience has amply demonstrated, agreeable and attractive material for beginners of all ages and conditions.

The works selected are acknowledged to be admirable models of grace and purity in French composition, whilst the simplicity of style encourages the student by soon making him conscious of progress. The subjects offer at once attractive novelties for the young and agreeable relaxation for the mature.

In conclusion, we have only to remark that the difficulties of the French idiom are explained by notes neither too scanty, nor yet so numerous as to embarrass; and that a few expressions, inconsistent with the decorum of American taste, have been carefully expurgated, without, as we hope, diminishing the interest of the subject or impairing the style.

G. GÉRARD.

Philadelphia, Nov. 1858.

CONTENTS

Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, Le Chat Botté, Cendrillon, La Belle au Bois Dormant, Riquet à la Houppe, Le Petit Poucet, Les Fées, Peau D'âne, L'oiseau Bleu, La Bonne Petite Souris, La Barbe Bleue, Finette Cendron, La Chatte Blanche, Aurore et Aimée, La Veuve et ses deux Filles, La Biche au Bois, La Belle et la Bête, La Belle aux Cheveux d'or, Le Prince Chéri, Fatal et Fortuné, Le Prince Tity, La Grenouille Bienfaisante, Les Trois Souhaits, Bellotte et Laideronnette, Le Pêcheur et le Voyageur, Le Chien Reconnaissant, 332

LE CABINET DES FEES

LE PETIT CHAPERON ROUGE.

Il était une fois une petite fille de village, la plus jolie qu'on eût su voir: sa mère en était folle,[1] et sa mère grand plus folle encore. Cette bonne femme lui fit faire un petit chaperon rouge qui lui seyait[2] si bien, que partout on l'appelait le Petit Chaperon Rouge.

Un jour, sa mère ayant fait et cuit des galettes, lui dit:

Va voir comment se porte ta mère grand; car on m'a dit[3] qu'elle était malade... Continue reading book >>




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