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“Go on in,” urged Grandmother from behind her.


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One time, Grandmother winked at her and said, “Look for some surprises, Ruth.”

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Ruth walked around the house and plopped down on the front porch steps to think. With her chin resting on her fists, she looked out to see Dr. Heatwole riding up on his horse.
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After she finished eating, Ruth ran to the back yard and called loudly for Mittens, but the cat did not come. She walked to the truck patch. Sometimes Mittens stalked mice among the potato plants, but not today.