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THE QUEEN FAIRY BOOK.
THE STORY OF THE THREE BEARS.
Once upon a time there were three bears, who lived together in a house of their own in a wood. One of them was a little, small, wee bear, and one was a middle-sized bear, and the other was a great, huge bear. They had each a pot for their porridge; a little pot for the little, small, wee bear, a middle-sized pot for the middle bear, and a great pot for the great, huge bear. And they had each a chair to sit in; a little chair for the little, small, wee bear, a middle-sized chair for the middle bear, and a great chair for the great, huge bear. And they had eacb a bed to sleep in; a little bed for the little, small, wee bear, a middle-sized bed for the middle bear, and a great bed for the great, huge bear.
One day, after they had made the porridge for their breakfast and poured it into their porridge-pots, they walked out into the wood while the porridge was cooling, that they might not burn their mouths by beginning too soon to eat it. And while they were walking a little old woman came to the house. She could not have been a good, honest old woman; for first she looked in at the window and then she peeped in at the keyhole; and seeing nobody in the house she lifted the latch. The door was not fastened, because the bears were good bears who did nobody any harm and never suspected that anybody would harm them. So the little old woman opened the door and went in; and well pleased she was when she saw the por­ridge on the table. If she had been a good little old woman she would have waited till the bears came home, and then, perhaps, they would have asked her to break­fast; for they were good bears—a little rough or so, as the manner of bears is, but for all that very good-natured and hospitable. But she was an impudent, bad old woman and set about helping herself.
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