The Red Bonnet Letter #2

Obviously ...

... my calculation of the number of readers being likely to find my home page was a failure. People using search engines to find information about famous names like David Copperfield, Jane Austen or Mr. Smith are very likely to come across this here site too. A fact that was not part of my consideration.

There's a lot I could tell about my further experience with reading books in a foreign language. Unfortunately I'm a bit in a hurry, so I have to cut it short. It's highly recommended for those wishing to feel younger than they are. It's a real fountain of youth. Well, maybe feeling like an eight year old boy or girl again is more than you really want.

As I keep on reading I'll continue my list of books as well. I'll do this once in a year with an annual issue of the "Red Bonnet Letter". Some of you asked me for more information about the stories that I wrote. After reading so many excellent books I'm no longer sure if it's really worth while to translate them into the English language. However, I made up my mind to give you a short summary of one story for each year. This year it is ...

... about The Red Bonnet

The correct translation of the German title "Das rote Käppchen" would be "The Little Red Cap". This title is allready used for a different story, also known as "The Red Riding Hood". To avoid confusion I called my story "The Red Bonnet" instead. The story is about a girl suffering invisibility because she is a moon-child. She is a very lonesome child because except for her parents nobody can see her. Therefore she is not allowed to go out into the garden and play with the sun-children. Once she tries but it's a great disaster and she nearly gets killed. Her desolation comes to an end when on her fifth birthday her parents give her a very special birthday present: a beautiful red bonnet that makes her visible to all the sun-children. Thenceforth she is the happiest moon-child of all and she could be quite contented but she wants more. On her sixth birthday she gets a pair of Lemon-Yellow-Jumping-Boots. On her seventh birthday she gets a Peppermint-Green-Fluttering-Shirt. As I was too lazy to think of more wonderful things to give her, the last things she gets are a Snow-White-Look-At-Me-Dress and a pair of Crystal-Tripping-Shoes. Then her parents take her to the third floor where she is to become a Young Lady and to stay with the Three Old Gentlemen. I think Moon-Child didn't like it very much because it all ends up in a great flood and everything is washed away. You can also learn some other things from this story. What a Red-Bonnet-List is good for and what the Red-Bonnet-Song goes like. Why icecream does not melt in a flame and how to brood a chicken in the refrigerator. What you never need when hanging around and why you can do without a Peppermint-Green-Fluttering-List. Where the Fallen Girls go and how to become a Veritable Queen ...

Now I'm really in a hurry so here comes ...

... the continuation of the list

Now let me thank you again for all your kind response. I hope to "see" you again here next year and until then I wish you a merry last christmas of the century, a happy new year and all the best for the next millennium.


Yours sincerely

Wednesday, December 15th, 1999