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the long-legged cat. I should like to wash you, but they would not believe you then. Do you see that bath behind you?"
The princess looked, and saw a large oval tub of silver, shining brilliantly in the light of the wonderful lamp.
" Go and look into it," said the lady.
Irene went, and came back very silent, with her eyes shining.
" What did you see?" asked her grandmother.
u The sky and the moon and the stars," she answered. " It looked as if there was no bottom to it."
The lady smiled a pleased satisfied smile, and was silent also for a few moments. Then she said—
" Any time you want a bath, come to me. I know you have a bath every morning, but sometimes you want one at night too."
" Thank you, grandmother; I will—I will indeed," answered Irene, and was again silent for some moments thinking. Then she said, " How was it, grandmother, that I saw your beautiful lamp—not the light of it only—but the great round silvery lamp itself, hanging alone in the