Once upon a time, there were four little rabbits, and their names were —
They lived with their Mother in a sandbank, underneath the root of a very big fir tree.
“Now, my dears,” said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, “you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden.
“Your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.
“Now run along, and don’t get into mischief. I am going out.”
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