Like many of Potter’s books, this is firmly rooted in the culture and behaviours of its time – more so than some of the most famous of them, in fact. I’m not convinced I’d actually seen a copy of this particular one before, although most of the titles are familiar to me. As with some of the others, while in the beginning of the book the starring animals are fairly naturalistic in their behaviour, they seek out more human clothing and appurtenances, and by the end are living quite anthropomorphised lives. In this one we don’t see any humans directly, with interaction being mediated by a pair of dolls whose house the mice ransack. From the title onwards we are shown the negatives in their behaviour, while the mice are however given the chance to show that they are not trying to do wrong, but acting in an appropriate manner for them (little though the humans may like it), and even trying to make some kind of amends at the end.
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