James Thurber's story, "The Little Girl and the Wolf".

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        James Thurber's story, "The Little Girl and the Wolf" starts off with, "One afternoon a big wolf waited in a dark forest for a little girl to come along carrying a basket of food to her grandmother." (Elements of Literature, p.203)  This first sentence tells us quite clearly that neither the situation nor the little girl are very safe; in other words, something terrible is waiting to happen.

        The little girl comes along and runs into the wolf, who asks her for directions to her grandmother's house.  After receiving the directions the wolf takes off.  Although it's not mentioned in the story, the reader automatically knows that the wolf is headed for the grandmother's house, and that even more danger awaits the little girl.

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        The little girl reaches her grandmother's house sometime later and walks in.  She notices someone in the bed and quite calmy and humorously (or possibly even sarcastically) comes to the conclusion that the person in the bed is not her grandmother.  Without any emotion or expression she pulls a gun out of her basket and kills the wolf.

        The story ends with the moral:  "It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be."  (Elements of Literature, p. 203)  This may be true enough to justify the unusual change of events in the story.  


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