Mrs. Tabitha went up and down all over the house, mewing for Tom
Kitten. She looked in the pantry under the staircase, and she searched the best spare bedroom that was all covered up with dust sheets. She went right upstairs and looked into the attics, but she
could not find him anywhere.
It was an old, old house, full of cupboards and passages. Some of
the walls were four feet thick, and there used to be queer noises
inside them, as if there might be a little secret staircase. Certainly
there were odd little jagged doorways in the wainscot, and things
disappeared at night—especially cheese and bacon.
Mrs. Tabitha became more and more distracted, and mewed