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It has come to my attention that our guide, Miss Jemima Puddle-Duck is otherwise occupied with nest sitting. I am told that Mrs. Cannon, the caretaker's wife, has agreed to let Jemima hatch her own eggs after her earlier near-disastrous attempt. So, we must content ourselves with a story about two bad mice in the meantime.
Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca were Beatrix's pet mice. She'd rescued them from a cage trap at her cousin Caroline's in 1903 and wrote a story about them while there during a week of relentless rain. Later, Norman Warne would provide her a photograph of the doll house he was building his niece, Winifred. Beatrix's mother would not allow her to visit Warne's brother's home to see it for herself. One commentator on the story felt, "The tale's themes of rebellion, insurrection, and individualism reflect not only Potter's desire to free herself of her domineering parents and build a home of her own, but her fears about independence and her frustrations with Victorian domesticity." You can read Beatrix's letters, below, concerning the ordeal. . . .