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It was a Dark and Stormy Night It was a dark and stormy night, but because it was Christmas Eve, there were still people about, hurrying to complete last minute Christmas shopping. The brightly lit shop windows promised relief from the wet and windy weather outside. A girl and a man, obviously her father, stood peering into a bookshop window, the collars of their coats turned up against the wind and rain. The man pointed to a book in the window. "Look, Rita, there's the new Janet and Allan Ahlberg book,It was a Dark and Stormy Night. I'd really like to read that. But it's in hardback. I can't afford it now after all the shopping we've done, and anyway it will come out in paperback after Christmas." Rita said nothing. "Come on", said her father, "We must be getting home". And he took her hand, and they walked off together, their heads turned down against the rain. Rita looked up to her father. "What do you think the story is about? Do you think it's a Christmas story?" "Not with a title like that. Mind you, I can't say what I think it would be about. It was a Dark and Stormy Night? Well, it could be about anything." "Yes, but what do you guess it's about?" persisted Rita. At this moment, father and daughter reached their car. Rita got into the front passenger seat, and her father went round and let himself in to the driver's side. He switched on the engine and the car lights. Rita loved the glow of the dashboard light, especially on such a dark and stormy night. She imagined that it was a sort of fireside, and she snuggled up in her seat as the car moved off, swishing its way along the wet streets. "Go on, Dad, what is it about? Have a guess!" After a pause, her father replied. "I think it goes like this: "It was a dark and stormy night and the four bears were sitting round a blazing log fire in their little cottage deep in the middle of the Enchanted

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