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    Cool goldilock realm?

    Hi,

    In the following sentence:

    "It's the goldilocks realm, not too hot, not too cold, just right for life," he added."

    What does goldilocks mean?

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    Re: goldilock realm?

    Goldilocks is the hero of a children's story, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

    She breaks into the home of three bears and tries everything - the porridge, the chairs, the beds. Papa Bear's things are too high, too hot, too hard, and so on. Mama Bear's are all too low, too cold, too soft, and so on. Baby Bear's are all just right.

    I have no idea what happens when the bears come home, but I do remember that Baby Bear's porridge is all gone.

    (I would have capitalized Goldilocks.)

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    Cool Re: goldilock realm?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Goldilocks is the hero of a children's story, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

    She breaks into the home of three bears and tries everything - the porridge, the chairs, the beds. Papa Bear's things are too high, too hot, too hard, and so on. Mama Bear's are all too low, too cold, too soft, and so on. Baby Bear's are all just right.

    I have no idea what happens when the bears come home, but I do remember that Baby Bear's porridge is all gone.

    (I would have capitalized Goldilocks.)
    I thought it had something to do with gold....

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    Re: goldilock realm?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    I thought it had something to do with gold....
    Well, the color if not the mineral. Her name refers to the color of her hair.



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    Re: goldilock realm?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Goldilocks is the hero of a children's story, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

    She breaks into the home of three bears and tries everything - the porridge, the chairs, the beds. Papa Bear's things are too high, too hot, too hard, and so on. Mama Bear's are all too low, too cold, too soft, and so on. Baby Bear's are all just right.

    I have no idea what happens when the bears come home, but I do remember that Baby Bear's porridge is all gone.

    (I would have capitalized Goldilocks.)
    The bears deal with Goldilocks in the way you would expect from a bear.

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    Cool Re: goldilock realm?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Well, the color if not the mineral. Her name refers to the color of her hair.

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    Re: goldilock realm?

    The metaphor has even been used in astronomy. Earth is sometimes described as 'the Goldilocks planet'.

    Tangential thought about the name: The name in the story - as 'Goldilocks' is not an everyday name - is a reference to the little girl's hair ("locks" are hair - the word is chiefly used now in the singular ['He always kept a lock of her hair next to his heart'], but is sometimes used to refer to very thick hair ['... her luxuriant locks...']). If you see an illustrated version of the story, she never has dark or black hair.

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