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NCE upon a time, in a thick forest, there lived
three bears. One was a great big father bear,
with a big head, and large paws, and a great
Voice. .The next was a mother bear, of mid-
die-size, with a middle-sized head, and a middle
Sized body, and a voice quite low for a bear.
The third bear was a funny little baby-bear, I
with a strange little head, a queer little body
wee bits of paws, and an odd little voice, between a whine and a
Now these three bears had a nice home of their own, and in it
was everything that they needed. There was a great big chair for
the big bear to sit in, a large porridge-pot from which he could
eat his meals, and a great bed on which he laid himself to sleep at
night. The middle-sized bear had a middle-sized porridge-pot, and
a bed and a chair to match. The wee little bear had a cunning little
chair, a neat little bed, and a porridge-pot that held just enough to
fill his little stomach.
There lived near the home of these bears a little girl named
Goldilocks. She was a pretty child, with bright yellow hair, that
shone and glittered in the sun like gold, and that is how she came
to be called Goldilocks.
One day, when she had run off into the woods to gather flowers,
S:-she came to a queer sort of house; and she fell' to wondering who
..itedi; i it. She thought she would knock at the door: but as the
.. yond her& reach, she had to break a twig from a bush
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There was no reply, so Goldilock's, after a while, pushed open
the door softly and timidly, and popped right into the bears' house.
But the bears were not at home. After they had made the porridge
for their breakfast, and poured it into their porridge-pots, they
walked out into the woods, while the porridge was cooling, that
they might not burn their mouths by beginning to eat it too soon.
Goldilocks was very much surprised when she came into th.
bears' room, to see a great porridge-pot, a middle-sized porridge-
pot, and a wee little porridge-pot standing in a row.
"Well," thought she, I'm just as hungry as I can be, and I
guess I'll eat some of the porridge in this great big pot." She took
a taste, but the porridge was so hot that she screamed, and made a
spring that upset the pot, and it rolled on to the floor.
Then she took some of the porridge from the middle-sized pot,
but found it too cold.
There was only the little porridge-pot left, and Goldilocks tried
that. It was just right, and she liked it so well
that she ate up every bit there was.
In the meantime she had been looking around
for a seat on which to sit down. She came first to
S the great big chair, but that was too hard.
SShe next tried the middle-sized chair,
'" but that was too soft.
Then she caught sight of the chair of
Sthe little Bear, and that was neither too
hard nor too soft, but just right. So she
seated herself in it, and there she sat till
the bottom of the chair came out, and
down she came plump on the ground. .
Presently Goldilocks looked-ariizrnd to
see if there was any room in which she
might lie down and rest. Sure enough
she found one, and in it \i'ere three beds.
"SHE THOUGHT SHE WOULD KNOCK AT THE DOOR."
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side by side. One was a great big bed; the next a middle-sized
bed; and the third a wee little bed.
First she lay down on the great big bed, but oh! it was as hard
as a rock, and the pillow was much too high. So she went and lay
down on the middle-sized bed. But, that was as much too soft as
the other was too hard.
There was only the wee little bed left, and Goldilocks tried that.
It just suited her in every way; so she covered herself up comfort-
ably, and lay there till she fell fast asleep.
By this time the three bears thought their porridge would be cool
enough, so they came home to breakfast. When the great big bear
saw his porridge-pot lying on the floor, he roared out in his great
rough, gruff voice:
"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE."
Then the middle-sized bear saw that her porridge-pot had been
moved from its place, so she threw up her paws, and cried out, in a
voice not quite so loud as the great bear's:
"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE!"
Then the little bear went to his porridge-pot in a great flurry,
and on finding-it empty, cried out with a squeaking voice:
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"Somebody has been at my porridge, and has eaten it all up !'
S Presently the big bear went to sit down in his
v great big arm-chair, and found it was not as he had
So the great big bear growled, out:
S "SOMEBODY HAS BEEN
/ R SITTING IN MY CHAIR!"
/ The middle-sized bear then went
S '\ to her chair, and found a
Great hollow in it where
Little Goldilocks had sat
"down. So she scowled and
S" growled, very
0 anot so loudly
77 as the big
"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR."
Then up jumped the little bear, and saw at a glance what had
been done to the dear little chair of which he was so fond.
"Somebody has een sitting in my chair, and has sat the bottom out of it i "
he squeaked with a doleful wail, and then sat plump down on the
floor to have his cry out.
Then the three bears thought it necessary that they should make
further search; so they went up stairs into their bed-chamber.
N'ow little Goldilocks had pulled the pillow of the big bear out oi
its place. He noticed it at once, and roared out:
"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED!"
Then they went to the middle-sized bed, and that was full of
humps and hollows, and looked so untidy that the mother beat
scowled and growled:
"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED!"
'THEY WENT UP-STAIRS INTO THEIR BED-CHAMBER."
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Then they passed on to the third bed. The coverlet was in its
place; the pillow was there, and on the pillow lay the fair head of
little Goldilocks. And she was sound asleep.
Somebody has been lying in my bed-and here she is/"
shrieked the little bear in his shrillest tones.
The big bear, the middle-sized bear and the little bear stood with
their mouths wide open, staring with surprise at the pretty child
they found there.
The big bear had a tender heart, and felt quite ashamed of him-
self for having threatened to punish the one who had dared to enter
Mrs. Bruin said: "Poor child! I'd like to give her a hug and a
kiss, she looks so sweet and good." And she regretted having
made such a fuss over the porridge that had been touched, and
the chair that had been sat in.
The little bear, however, was in great distress at the way in which
he had been treated, and gave a most doleful whine.
Little Goldilocks had heard in her sleep the great rough, gruff
voice of the big bear, but she was so fast asleep that it was no more
to her than the roaring of wind, or the rumbling of thunder. And
she had heard the middle voice of the middle-sized bear, but it was
only as if she had heard some one speaking in a dream. But when
she heard the little, squeaking whine of the little bear, it was so
sharp, and so shrill, that it awakened her at once.
Up she started, and when she saw three bears on one side of the
bed, she tumbled out at the other, and ran to the window. Now
the window was open, because the bears, like good tidy bears, as
they were, always opened their bed-chamber window when they got
up in the morning, and with a
One, two, three, out goes she!
away went Goldilocks out through it, leaving a piece of her dress
in the paw of the great big bear, who tried his best to catch her.
She fell plump on the ground, and had to sit still a few moments
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people's affairs; and if
to find out where she was. But it
seemed as if the woods were full of
bears, and so she kept on running as
hard as ever she could until she was
well out of the forest, and in sight of
her own home.
0 what joy it was to be safe inside
her own home! And Goldilocks made
up her mind never again to enter any
one's house without being invited, and
never to make herself quite so much at
home as she did in the bears' house.
The three bears stared for some time
out of the window from whence Goldi-
locks took her flight; and though at
First they were quite angry with the little
girl and ready to eat her up, they soon
got over these bad feelings, remember-
ing that it is wise to
BEAR AND FORBEAR.
And if you'll believe me, that little
bear, who had made the biggest fuss,
was just as proud as he could be to
think that such a pretty girl had eaten
his porridge-sat in his chair--and
slept in his bed! Why, he actually
hugged himself with delight! But as
this feeling might not last long, I
should advise you not to pry into other
you go in the woods keep away from the
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