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The Tale of Tom Kittens

 

Once upon a time there were three "little kittens, and their names were Mittens, Torn Kitten, and Moppet. They had dear little fur coats of their own ; and they tumbled about the doorstep and played in the dust.

First she scrubbed their faces (this she brushed their fur (this one is Moppet). one is Mittens).

Mrs. Tabitha dressed Moppet and Mittens in clean pinafores and tuckers ; and then she took all sorts of elegant uncomfortable clothes out of a chest of drawers, in order to dress up her son Thomas. Then she combed their tails and whiskers (this is Tom Kitten). Tom was very naughty, and he scratched.

Tom Kitten was very fat, and he had grown ; several buttons burst off. His mother sewed them on again.

When the three kittens were ready, Tabitha unwisely turned them out into the garden, to be out of the way while she made hot buttered toast. `Now keep your frocks clean, children ! You must walk on your hind legs. Keep away from the dirty ash-pit, and from Sally Henny Penny, and from the pig-stye and the Puddle-Ducks.'

Moppet and Mittens walked down the garden path unsteadily. Presently they trod upon their pinafores and fell on their noses. When they stood up there were several green smears !

'Let's climb up the rockery, and sit on the garden wall,' said Moppet. They turned their pinafores hack to front, and went up with a skip and a jump ; Moppet's white tucker fell down into the road.

Tom Kitten was quite unable to jump when walking upon his hind legs in trousers. He came up the rockery by degrees, breaking the ferns, and shedding buttons right and left. He was all in pieces when he reached the top of the wall. Moppet and Mittens tried to pull him together ; his hat fell off, and the rest of his buttons burst.

While they were in difficulties, there was a pit pat paddle pat ! and the three Puddle-Ducks came along the hard high road, marching one behind the other and doing the goose step- pit pat paddle pat ! pit pat waddle pat !

They stopped and stood in a row, and stared up at the kittens. They had very small eyes and looked surprised.

Then the two duck-birds, Rebeccah and Jemima Puddle-Duck, picked up the hat and tucker and put them on.

Then the two duck-birds, Rebeccah and Jemima Puddle-Duck, picked up the hat and tucker and put them on.

And he and Jemima and Rebeccah Puddle-Duck set off up the road, keeping step -pit pat, paddle pat ! pit pat, waddle pat !

And he and Jemima and Rebeccah Puddle-Duck set off up the road, keeping step -pit pat, paddle pat ! pit pat, waddle pat !

She them off the wall, smacked them, and took them back to the house. My friends will arrive in a minute, and you are not fit to be seen ; I am affronted,' said Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit.

She sent them upstairs ; and I am sorry to say she told her friends that they were in bed with the measles ; which was not true.

Quite the contrary ; they were not in bed : not in the least. Somehow there were very extraordinary noises over-head, which disturbed the dignity and repose of the tea party.

And I think that some day I shall ''have to make another, larger, book, to tell you more about Tom. Kitten !

As for the Puddle-Ducks--they went into a pond. The clothes all came off directly, because there were no buttons.

 

 

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