Tabitha went up and down all over the house, mewing for Tom Kitten.
Tabitha became more and more distracted, and mewed dreadfully
Tabitha came downstairs mewing dreadfully--"Come in, Cousin Ribby, come in, and sit ye down
Ribby and Tabitha set to work to search the house thoroughly again.
Yes, it is infested with rats," said Tabitha tearfully, "I caught seven young ones out of one hole in the back kitchen, and we had them for dinner last Saturday.
The rats get upon my nerves, Cousin Ribby," said Tabitha.
Tabitha Porter was an old maid, upwards of sixty years of age, fifty-five of which she had sat in that same chimney-corner, such being the length of time since Peter's grandfather had taken her from the almshouse.
I should like it pretty much such a room as this kitchen," answered Tabitha.
Peter," said Tabitha, puffing and panting with her late gymnastics, "as fast as you tear the house down, I'll make a fire with the pieces.
We shall get our winter's wood cheap," quoth Tabitha.
Every evening--as Peter had long absented himself from his former lounging-places, at insurance offices, news-rooms, and bookstores, and as the honor of his company was seldom requested in private circles--he and Tabitha used to sit down sociably by the kitchen hearth.
One night, the hundredth time, he teased Tabitha to tell him something new about his great-granduncle.