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ran out and away, and often without leave.

One day she went into the wood to gather wild flowers, and into the fields to chase butterflies. She ran here and there and everywhere, till at last she found herself in a lonely wood.

There she saw the snug little house where the three bears lived when they were at home.

First she looked in at the window, and then she peeped into the keyhole, and seeing no one in the house, she lifted the latch.

The door was not locked, for the bears were good bears, who did no one harm, and did not think any one would harm them.

So Silver Hair went in. And well pleased she was when she saw the porridge on the table.

She tasted the porridge of the Great Huge Bear, and found it too hot for her.

Then she tasted the porridge of the Middle Bear, and found it too cold for her.

And then she went to the porridge of the Little Small Wee Bear, and found it neither too hot nor too cold, but just right; and she liked it so well that she ate it all up.

Then little Silver Hair sat down in the chair of the Great Huge Bear, and that was too hard for her.

She sat down in the chair of the Middle Bear, and that was too soft for her.

And then she sat down in the chair of the Little Small Wee Bear, and that was neither too hard nor too soft, but just right.

But she sat in it so hard that the bottom fell out, and she fell through almost to the floor.

Then Silver Hair went upstairs to the chamber where the bears slept.

And first she lay down upon the bed of the Great Huge Bear, but that was too high at the head.

And next she lay down upon the bed of the Middle Bear, and that was too high at the foot.

And then she lay down upon the bed of the Little Small Wee Bear, and that

was neither too high at the head nor at the foot, but just right.

So she lay down upon it and fell fast asleep.

While little Silver Hair lay fast asleep, the three bears came home from their walk.

They thought their porridge would be cool enough by this time, and they went to breakfast.

Now little Silver Hair had left the spoon of the Great Huge Bear standing in his porridge.

SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE!” said he, in his great rough, gruff voice.

And the Middle Bear looked at his pot of porridge and said, in his middlesized voice:

“ SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE!”

And the Little Bear looked at his porridge and said, in a little soft, wee voice:

Somebody has been at my porridge, and has eaten it all up!

And so the three bears began to look about to find the thief.

Now little Silver Hair had not put the hard cushion straight when she rose from the chair of the Great Huge Bear.

“ SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR!” said the Great Huge Bear, in his great rough, gruff voice.

And little Silver Hair had pressed down the cushion of the Middle Bear when she sat upon it.

SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR !” said the Middle Bear, in his middle-sized voice.

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