HUNCA MUNCA was
just returning with
another chair, when suddenly
there was a noise of talking
outside upon the landing. The
mice rushed back to their hole,
and the dolls came into the
WHAT a sight met the
eyes of Jane and
Lucinda sat upon the upset
kitchen stove and stared, and
Jane leaned against the kitchen
dresser and smiled; but neither
of them made any remark.
ONCE upon a time there was a
village shop. The name over
the window was "Ginger and
It was a little small shop just the
right size for Dolls--Lucinda and
Jane Doll-cook always bought their
groceries at Ginger and Pickles.
The counter inside was a convenient height for rabbits. Ginger and Pickles sold red spotty pocket- handkerchiefs at a penny three farthings.
They also sold sugar, and snuff
In fact, although it was such a
small shop it sold nearly everything
--except a few things that you
want in a hurry--like bootlaces,
hair-pins and mutton chops.
Ginger and Pickles were the
people who kept the shop. Ginger
was a yellow tom-cat, and Pickles
was a terrier.
The rabbits were always a little
bit afraid of Pickles.
The shop was also patronized by
mice--only the mice were rather
afraid of Ginger.
Ginger usually requested Pickles
to serve them, because he said it
made his mouth water.
"I cannot bear," said he, "to see
them going out at the door carrying
their little parcels."
"I have the same feeling about
rats," replied Pickles, "but it
would never do to eat our own
customers; they would leave us and
go to Tabitha Twitchit's."
"On the contrary, they would go
nowhere," replied Ginger gloomily.
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