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The shop was also patronized by mice—only the mice were rather afraid of Ginger.
Ginger usually requested Pickles to serve them, because he said it made his mouth water.
"I cannot bear," said he, "to see them going out at the door carrying their little parcels."
"I have the same feeling about rats," replied Pickles,
"but it would never do to eat our own customers; they
would leave us and go to Tabitha Twitchit's."
"On the contrary, they would go nowhere," replied
Ginger gloomily.
(Tabitha Twitchit kept the only other shop in the village. She did not give credit.)