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nee upon a time there was a Sittle girl called 60 Wen locks, because her curly hair shone like gold,and it seemed just the right name to give her. She was a regular romp and so full of pranks that her parents could never keep her quiet at home. One da)/ when she had been told
not to out of the house, she skipped away when her mother was busy and started off to a woods to string necklaces of cowslip blossoms, to chase butterflies and to pull down the branches of the wild thorn trees.
At last she came to an odd looking little house, and she peeped in at the open door.
Now it happened that a family of three bears lived there. There was a great papa bear called Bruin; there was a middle-sized bear, called Mama Bear or firs. Bruin ; and a little baby bear,called Tiny.These three bears hao gone for a walk by the brookside while they waited for the nice soup flama Bear had made for their dinner to cooL
When Qoldenlocks saw that
this little house was empty,she went right in and the first thing she saw was the i table set ready for 3~ dinner. 5o she went to the largest bowl of soup, which was Pa-)a Bears bowl, and tasted the soup, Hit it was so very hot with pepper that it burned her mouth and throat. Then she tried Mama Bears bowl, but that was too salty. Besides there wasrit any bread in it, and she did not like soup without any bread. Then she went a-round to Tiny's place and found that his soup was just to her taste,and had nice bits of bread in it with plenty of sliced vegetables.and so she decided she would eat it every bit.
Now before the meddlesome littieOold-enlocks sat down to eat Tiny's soup, she looked about for a seat.Shenoticed there were three chairs: one a very large oak chair, which was Papa Bears seat. I here was another with velvet cushions, which was Mama Bear's seat,and the small chair with a cane seat was Tiny Is seat. Qoidenlocks tried them ail in turn. She could not sit at all comfortably in the very large chair, for it was so hard. She slipped down and ran over to the middle sized chair, but that was too f. soft, but she found that the little cane-bottomed chair was just ri^ht, andshe sat down in it ? with the bowl of soup on her knees and ate every bit of the soup.
just as Golden-locks had taken the last spoonful of soup and replaced the bowl on toe table, such an accident happened!
The bottom of Tinys chair came out and she itumbled on the floor, but she jumped up unhurt and danced a-round the room, thinking it great fun. She noticed a pair of stairs and wondered where they could lead to, so up she went to the bedroom,and there she saw three beds, side by side. The large bed was for Papa Bear, the middle-sized bed for Ha ma Bear, and the nice little bed belonged to Tiny.
OoSdenlocks had eaten so much that she was sleepy,, so shejumped upon the largest bed, but that was too hrgh at the head. She next tried the middle-sized bed, but that was too high at the foot, but when she tried Tiny's bed, she found that was just right, and she got in and covered up. She watched a blue fly buzzing and blundering around among the curtains until she fell fast asleep.
While she was dreaming, the three bean came home,for Tiny had become very hungry and wanted his soup.
When Papa Bear went to the table,he cried in a loud, -angry voice:
./Hfi "WHO HAS f i MEDDLED WITH ? MY SOUP p"
Mama Bear next said Tr ^ *(in a loud voice,too,but J not so gruffly as Papa Bear: "Who Has Meddled With My Soup ?" But when the little bear saw that his bow! was empty, he asked over and over in his shrill little voice: "Whohas eaten up all my soup?" Soon after, the big bear, in a voice like thunder, said :
" WHO HAS BEEN IN MY CHAIR AND PUT IT OUT OF ITS PLACET
And the Mama Bear grumbled out; "Who Has Been In fly Chair And Put It Out Of Its Place?"
But poor little Tiny sobbed out;
"Who has been sitting in my chair and broken it ?
They now peered about below-stairs, feeling sure someone was in their house, and then up-stairs they all went, snuffing and grunting i a very bad humor, fc3=71
Said Papa Bear in a great fury :
"WHO HAS BEEN IN MY BED AND RUMPLED IT ?
Then said Harna Bear :x : "Who Has Been fnMy
Bed And Rumpled It?
Tiny mounted a stool,and squeaked out] "Someone has" been in my bed and here she is!'
And he opened his mouth and looked as fierce as could be at sleeping Qoidenlocks\
The little girl had n< been aroused by the loud voices of the two big bears, but when little Tiny shrieked so close to her, she awoke with a start. How frightened she was to find three bears in the room! Tiny looked fierce enough as he opened his mouth,but the two big bears were worse!
Now luckily for Golden Socks, Papa Bear had left the window open, and Qoldenlocks slid off the bed and sped across the room. She took one jump from the window and dropped to the ground. She rolled over and over, then jumped up and glanced up at the window. Seeing the three bears staring wildly at her and growling, M&he ran away as fast as asber little feet could carry her She never stopped until she 'reached her mother's arms.
Her moth er scolded her for running away, and Golden-locks promised never to do so again, to keep away from places where she had no business to go, and never to meddle with things that did not belong to her. _