Cover Page
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THE
TALE OF PETER RABBIT
By
Beatrix Potter
Illustrated
Philadelphia: HENRY ALTEMUS COMPANY
Copyright 1907, by Howard E Altemus
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Peter in bed with his mother beside him.

Table of contents

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1. THE
TALE OF PETER RABBIT

ONCE upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were
Flopsy,
Mopsy,
Cottontail,
and Peter.

They lived with their Mother in a sand bank, underneath the root of a very big fir tree.

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Mrs Rabbit outside her home with her baby rabbits.
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'NOW, my dears,' said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, 'you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden.' [Page 4]

Mrs Rabbit with her children.

[Page 5] 'YOUR Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.' [Page 6]

Mr McGregor eating Rabbit pie, the unfortunate Mr Rabbit!

[Page 7] 'NOW run along, and don't get into mischief. I am going out.'

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Mrs Rabbit putting his coat on Peter.
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THEN old Mrs. Rabbit took a basket and her umbrella, and went through the wood to the baker's. She bought a loaf of brown bread and five currant buns.

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Mrs Rabbit going through the wood to the shops.
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FLOPSY, Mopsy, and Cottontail, who were good little bunnies, went down the lane to gather blackberries.

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Two good Rabbits picking blackberries.
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BUT Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor's garden [Page 14]

Peter heading for Mr McGregor's Garden.
Figure 1. Peter Rabbit

[Page 15] AND squeezed under the gate.

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Peter squeezing under the gate into Mr McGregor's Garden.
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FIRST he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some radishes; [Page 18]

Peter eating carrots.

[Page 19] AND then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley.

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Peter walking through the garden, looking for parsley.
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BUT round the end of a cucumber frame, whom should he meet but Mr. McGregor!

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Peter meets Mr McGregor!
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MR. McGREGOR was on his hands and knees planting out young cabbages, but he jumped up and ran after Peter, waving a rake and calling out, 'Stop, thief!'

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Mr McGregor chasing Peter with a rake!
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PETER was most dreadfully frightened; he rushed all over the garden, for he had forgotten the way back to the gate.

He lost one of his shoes among the cabbages, and the other shoe amongst the potatoes.

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Cabbages, a spade and Peter's shoe...
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AFTER losing them, he ran on four legs and went faster, so that I think he might have got away altogether if he had not unfortunately run into a gooseberry net, and got caught by the large buttons on his jacket. It was a blue jacket with brass buttons, quite new.

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Peter trapped in the gooseberry net, oh dear!
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PETER gave himself up for lost, and shed big tears; but his sobs were overheard by some friendly sparrows, who flew to him in great excitement and implored him to exert himself.

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Sparrows trying to encourage Peter.
Figure 2. Peter Rabbit
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MR. McGREGOR came up with a sieve, which he intended to pop upon the top of Peter; but Peter wriggled out just in time, leaving his jacket behind him, [Page 32]

MR. McGREGOR with a sieve.

[Page 33] AND rushed into the tool shed, and jumped into a can. It would have been a beautiful thing to hide in, if it had not had so much water in it.

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Peter in the tool shed jumping into a watering can.
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MR. McGREGOR was quite sure that Peter was somewhere in the tool shed, perhaps hidden underneath a flower pot. He began to turn them over carefully, looking under each.

Presently Peter sneezed—'Kertyschoo!' Mr. McGregor was after him in no time, [Page 36]

Mr McGregor looking for Peter.

[Page 37] AND tried to put his foot upon Peter, who jumped out of a window, upsetting three plants. The window was too small for Mr. McGregor, and he was tired of running after Peter. He went back to his work.

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Peter jumping out of the tool shed.
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PETER sat down to rest; he was out of breath and trembling with fright, and he had not the least idea which way to go. Also he was very damp with sitting in that can.

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Peter dripping with water.
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AFTER a time he began to wander about, going lippity—lippity—not very fast, and looking all around.

He found a door in a wall; but it was locked, and there was no room for a fat little rabbit to squeeze underneath.

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Peter walking around.
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AN old mouse was running in and out over the stone doorstep, carrying peas and beans to her family in the wood. Peter asked her the way to the gate, but she had such a large pea in her mouth that she could not answer. She only shook her head at him. Peter began to cry.

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Peter talking to the mouse.
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THEN he tried to find his way straight across the garden, but he became more and more puzzled. Presently he came to a pond where Mr. McGregor filled his water cans. A white cat was staring at some goldfish; she sat very, very still, but now and then the tip of her tail twitched as if it were alive. Peter thought it best to go away without speaking to her; he had heard about cats from his cousin, little Benjamin Bunny.

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Peter sees a cat looking in the pond at some goldfish.
Figure 3. Peter Rabbit
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HE went back towards the tool-shed, but suddenly, quite close to him, he heard the noise of a hoe—scr-r-ritch scratch, scratch, scritch. Peter scuttered underneath the bushes. But presently, as nothing happened, he came out, and climbed upon a wheelbarrow, and peeped over. The first thing he saw was Mr. McGregor hoeing onions. His back was turned towards Peter, and beyond him was the gate!

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Peter can see the gate, but also Mr McGregor.
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PETER got down very quietly off the wheelbarrow, and started running as fast as he could go, along a straight walk behind some black currant bushes.

Mr. McGregor caught sight of him at the corner, but Peter did not care. He slipped underneath the gate, and was safe at last in the wood outside the garden.
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Peter running as fast as he can, Mr McGregor chasing him.
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MR. McGREGOR hung up the little jacket and the shoes for a scarecrow to frighten the blackbirds.

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Mr McGregor working in the garden, Peter's clothes as a scarecrow.
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PETER never stopped running or looked behind him till he got home to the big fir tree.

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Peter gets home.
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HE was so tired that he flopped down upon the nice soft sand on the floor of the rabbit hole, and shut his eyes. His mother was busy cooking; she wondered what he had done with his clothes. It was the second little jacket and pair of shoes that Peter had lost in a fortnight!

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Peter at home, flopped on the floor. Mrs Rabbit cooking, his sisters by the door.
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I AM sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening.

His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter!
'One tablespoonful to be taken at bedtime.'

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Mrs Rabbit making camomile tea. Peter in bed.
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BUT Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper.

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Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail eating bread and milk and blackberries for supper.
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