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Chapter 6

 

BEING YOURSELF TO LEARN

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 table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time.”

But Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper.

—Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit

In the children’s tale Peter Rabbit, Peter’s mother warns him and his sisters to stay away from Mr. McGregor’s garden.1 She then heads out to the bakery as Peter’s three sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, who, we are told, are “good little bunnies,” head off to collect ...

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