Peter Rabbit Gets an Early Breakfast
ETER RABBIT crept out of his snug little bed in the middle of the
Old Briar-patch two hours before
When he had eaten all that he could, he hurried back to
the Old Briar-patch to finish his morning nap, and all
the time he kept chuckling to himself. You see,
was suspicious of Reddy Fox, and so he had gone over to
the sweet clover bed alone two hours before
Peter Rabbit had hardly left the sweet clover bed when Reddy Fox arrived. Reddy lay down in the long meadow grass and grinned to himself as he waited. Slowly the minutes went by, until up from behind the Purple Hills came jolly, round, red Mr. Sun—but no Peter Rabbit. Reddy stopped grinning.
"Perhaps," said he to himself, "Peter is waiting for me on the edge of the Old Briar-patch and wasn't going to try to fool me."
So Reddy hurried over to the Old Briar-patch, and sure enough there was Peter Rabbit sitting on the edge of it. When Peter saw him coming, he dodged in behind a big clump of friendly old brambles. Reddy came up with his broadest smile.
"Good morning, Peter Rabbit," said Reddy. "Shall we go over to that sweet clover bed?"
Peter put one hand over his mouth to hide a smile.
"Oh," said he, "I was so dreadfully hungry for sweet
clover that I couldn't wait until
"Certainly not," replied Reddy Fox, in his pleasantest
manner, and you know Reddy Fox can be very pleasant
indeed when he wants to be. "It is a very great
pleasure to be able to give you pleasure. There is
nothing I so like to do as to give pleasure to others.
By the way, I have just heard that Farmer Brown has a
new planting of young cabbage in the corner of his
you meet me here at
"I will be delighted to, I will indeed!" replied Peter Rabbit, and all the time he smiled to himself behind his hand.
Reddy Fox bade Peter Rabbit
"This time I will be there two hours before