Dickens & Little Red Riding Hood

The New York Public Library has an exhibit on characters of Charles Dickens, including illustrations, notes, merchandising (he was very into this) and some astonishing quotes. Like this one: “If I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.”

Hum, Readers all, shall we parse this? Charles Dickens wanted to wed Little Red because:

Younger is better?
He had a thing for hoods?

  • Gullible is good?
  • Distracted is good?
  • Not listening to instructions leads to bliss?
  • Girls so myopic they can’t tell the difference between wolves and grandmas are just so adorable?
  • Little girls in red are especially tasty?
  • The never-real are always better?

Whatever did Mr. Dickens mean? And do we want to know? Ideas?

Pamela Schoenewaldt, historical novels of immigration and the search for self in new worlds: WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS, SWIMMING IN THE MOON, and UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY (all HarperCollins).

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