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Once upon a time there were three little kittens, and their names were Mittens, Tom Kitten, and Moppet.

They had dear little fur coats of their own; and they tumbled about the doorstep and played in the dust.

But one day their mother—Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit—expected friends to tea; so she fetched the kittens indoors, to wash and dress them, before the fine company arrived.

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First she scrubbed their faces (this one is Moppet).

Then she brushed their fur, (this one is Mittens).

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Then she combed their tails and whiskers (this is Tom Kitten).

Tom was very naughty, and he scratched.