Beatrix Potter s Tale of Two Bad Mice | Bedtime Stories

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From: Children's Literature
Volume 12, 1984
pp. 78-91 | 10.1353/chl.0.0678

The story begins with the description of a "very beautiful doll's house; it was red brick with white windows, and it had real muslin curtains and a front door and a chimney." 2 The house is inhabited by two dolls, Lucinda and Jane (the Cook). One day, when Lucinda and Jane are out for a drive, two mice—Tom Thumb and his wife, Hunca Munca— 3 venture into the doll's-house. They help themselves to the "lovely dinner" laid out in the dining room, but when they discover that the food is only painted plaster, "there was no end to the rage and disappointment of Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca" (p. 30). They smash the food and "set to work to do all the mischief they could," especially Tom:

But Hunca Munca had a frugal mind. After pulling half the [End Page 78] feathers out of Lucinda's bolster, she remembered that she herself was in want of a feather bed.

From: Children's Literature
Volume 12, 1984
pp. 78-91 | 10.1353/chl.0.0678

The story begins with the description of a "very beautiful doll's house; it was red brick with white windows, and it had real muslin curtains and a front door and a chimney." 2 The house is inhabited by two dolls, Lucinda and Jane (the Cook). One day, when Lucinda and Jane are out for a drive, two mice—Tom Thumb and his wife, Hunca Munca— 3 venture into the doll's-house. They help themselves to the "lovely dinner" laid out in the dining room, but when they discover that the food is only painted plaster, "there was no end to the rage and disappointment of Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca" (p. 30). They smash the food and "set to work to do all the mischief they could," especially Tom:

But Hunca Munca had a frugal mind. After pulling half the [End Page 78] feathers out of Lucinda's bolster, she remembered that she herself was in want of a feather bed.

Once upon a time there was a very beautiful doll’s-house; it was red brick with white windows, and it had real muslin curtains and a front door and a chimney.

Jane was the Cook; but she never did any cooking, because the dinner had been bought ready-made, in a box full of shavings.

There were two red lobsters and a ham, a fish, a pudding, and some pears and oranges.
They would not come off the plates, but they were extremely beautiful.


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