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There was a pattering noise and an old woman rat poked her head round a rafter.
I've lost my dear son Thomas; I'm afraid the rats have got him.
Some cats, which were originally turned out to destroy the rats and mice, have increased, so as to become a great plague.
The rats had crept out of their holes to look on, and they remained looking on for hours; soldiers and police often passing between them and the spectacle, and making a barrier behind which they slunk, and through which they peeped.
He held up a little silver whistle, as he remarked, "That old place may be full of rats, and if so, I've got an antidote on call.
But even in the minute that had elapsed the number of the rats had vastly increased.
The rats have robbed me of more here than they will ever rob me of again.
And it took the dogs and the cats too, and the rats and 'orses.
He answered that he wanted it for killing rats at his house, called Gleninch.
Neither my master nor any other person gave me any arsenic to destroy rats at any time.
Next night two more Mice came, and on Sunday two Rats even; but they said the stories were not interesting, which vexed the little Mice; and they, too, now began to think them not so very amusing either.
I hope to zee it, sister, before the Hanover rats have eat up all our corn, and left us nothing but turneps to feed upon.
You know the furniture remains in Mrs Rudge's house, and that it has been shut up, by my orders, since she went away, save once a-week or so, when an old neighbour visits it to scare away the rats.
The boards creaked beneath their tread, as if resenting the unaccustomed intrusion; nimble spiders, paralysed by the taper's glare, checked the motion of their hundred legs upon the wall, or dropped like lifeless things upon the ground; the death-watch ticked; and the scampering feet of rats and mice rattled behind the wainscot.
I'll have regular good dogs for rats and everything, when I've done school.