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Tom, Dot and Talking Mouse

and Other Bedtime Stories

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Author: C. Kernahan
Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,964 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90.3
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 389
Added to site: 2006.09.30 14892
Genre: Young Readers

to one from outside. He came up to the woman, therefore, at once and said, "You have a little one wrapped in that, haven't you? Is it hungry? If it is, here is some milk."

At first the woman did not raise her head. It was hidden in the shawl which covered the infant, so the miller repeated his question. Then the woman looked up, and the eyes which met Tom's were those of Anne Grey. She knew Tom at once, but it was with no smile of pleasure that she greeted him. Her words, too, when they came, were hard and cold. She only said, "So, Tom Lecky, you see what I have come to; rejoice in it!"

"Does the little one want food?" Tom asked again, without noticing in any way the words or the tone of the woman.

"And if it does?" said Anne, with a bitter little laugh.

"Why, if it does, I'm ready to give it some," said Tom, passing his coat-sleeve before his eyes for a moment. Then removing it suddenly he smiled into the woman's face--an April sort of smile, which scarcely knows whether to cloud



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