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Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- "Someone's been eating my porridge, and they've eaten it all up!"
Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a popular children's fairy tale.
It tells the story of a young girl named Goldilocks, her name deriving from her golden hair.
One day, she visits a mysterious house. Unbeknownst to her, it is the house of a family of three anthropomorphic bears: a mother, a father, and a baby, who have left for a brief outing. Curious, Goldilocks enters the house, and meddles with the bears' belongings, sitting on their chairs, eating their porridge, and then sleeping in their beds. Every member of the bear family has their own unique chair, porridge, and bed, which have unique characteristics. The exact adjectives differ from story to story, but generally the mother and father's beds and chairs are "too hard" and "too soft" and their porridges are "too hot" and "too cold", with the baby bears' porridge, chair, and bed being "just right."
Goldilocks falls asleep in the baby's bed, and the bears return home. They wake her up, and depending on the brutality of the story-teller, either kill her or scare her away. The moral of the story can differ as well.
- Heidi Anne Heiner, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears": history, annotations, interpretations
There are more happy endings to this story. One is that Hereafter, Goldilocks comes and visits the bears often and plays with the baby bear. In one ending, Goldilocks has kids of her own who play with the bear family.
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