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bling about the place again, to his own and every
body's great content, and his wife was less sharp-
tongued and complaining than usual — indeed, she



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BROWNIE^S PET.

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had nothing to complain of. All the family were
very flourishing, except the little Brownie.

Often there was heard a curious sound all over the
house; it might have been rats squeaking behind
the wainscot — the elders said it was — but the chil-
dren were sure it was a sort of weeping and wailing.

"They've stolen my coal,
And I liaven't a hole

To hide in;
Not even a house
One could ask a mouse

To bide in."

A most forlorn tune it was, ending in a dreary mi-
nor key, and it lasted for months and months — at
least the children said it did. And they were grow-
ing quite dull for want of a playfellow, when, by the
greatest good luck in the world, there came to the
house not only a new lot of kittens, but a new baby.
And the new baby was every body's pet, including
the Brownie's.



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138 The Adventures of a Brownie.

From that time, though he was not often seen,
he was continually heard up and down the staircase,
where he was frequently mistaken for Tiny or the
cat, and sent sharply down again, which was wasting
a great deal of wholesome anger upon Mr. Nobody.



Or he lurked in odd corners of the nursery, whither
the baby was seen crawling eagerly after nothing in



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particular, or sitting laughing with all her might at
something — ^probably her own toes.

But, as Brownie was never seen, he was never sus-
pected. And since he did no mischief — neither
pinched the baby nor broke the toys, left no soap in
the bath and no foot-marks about the room — but
was always a well-conducted Brownie in every way,
he was allowed to inhabit the nurseiy (or supposed
to do so, since, as nobody saw him, nobody could pre-
vent him), until the children were grown up into
men and women.

After that he retired into his coal-cellar, and, for
all I know, he may live there still, and have gone
through hundreds of adventures since ; but as I nev-
er heard them, I can't tell them. Only I think, if I
could be a little child again, I should exceedingly
like a Brownie to play with me. Should not you ?



THE END.



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