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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 4 pages of information about The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.

Title:  The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

Author:  Beatrix Potter

Release Date:  November 30, 2004 [EBook #14220]

Language:  English

Character set encoding:  ASCII

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    The tale of

    The Flopsy bunnies

    By

    Beatrix Potter

    Author of
    “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” &c.

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    Frederick Warne & Co., Inc
    New York

    1909

    For all little Friends

    Of

    Mr. MCGREGOR & Peter & Benjamin

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It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is “soporific.”

I have never felt sleepy after eating lettuces; but then I am not a rabbit.

They certainly had a very soporific effect upon the Flopsy Bunnies!

When Benjamin Bunny grew up, he married his Cousin Flopsy.  They had a large family, and they were very improvident and cheerful.

I do not remember the separate names of their children; they were generally called the “Flopsy Bunnies.”

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As there was not always quite enough to eat,—­Benjamin used to borrow cabbages from Flopsy’s brother, Peter Rabbit, who kept a nursery garden.

Sometimes Peter Rabbit had no cabbages to spare.

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When this happened, the Flopsy Bunnies went across the field to a rubbish heap, in the ditch outside Mr. McGregor’s garden.

Mr. McGregor’s rubbish heap was a mixture.  There were jam pots and paper bags, and mountains of chopped grass from the mowing machine (which always tasted oily), and some rotten vegetable marrows and an old boot or two.  One day—­oh joy!—­there were a quantity of overgrown lettuces, which had “shot” into flower.

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The Flopsy Bunnies simply stuffed lettuces.  By degrees, one after another, they were overcome with slumber, and lay down in the mown grass.

Benjamin was not so much overcome as his children.  Before going to sleep he was sufficiently wide awake to put a paper bag over his head to keep off the flies.

The little Flopsy Bunnies slept delightfully in the warm sun.  From the lawn beyond the garden came the distant clacketty sound of the mowing machine.  The bluebottles buzzed about the wall, and a little old mouse picked over the rubbish among the jam pots.

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