Mr. McGregor was quite sure that Peter was somewhere in the toolshed,perhaps hidden underneath a flower-pot.He began to turn them over carefully,looking under each.
Presently Peter sneezed-“Kertyschoo!”Mr.McGregor was after him in no time.
And tried to put his foot upon Peter, who jumped out of a window,upsetting three plants.The window was too small for Mr. McGregor,and he was tired of running after Peter.He went back to his work.
Peter sat down to rest;he was out of breath and trembling with fright,and he had not the least idea which way to go .Also he was very damp with sitting in that can.
After a time he began to wander about,going lippity-lippity-not very fast,and looking all around .
He found a door in a wall;but it was locked,and there was no room for a fat little rabbit to squeeze underneath.
An old mouse was running in and out over the stone doorstep,carrying peas and beans to her family in the wood .Peter asked her the way to the gate, but she had such a large pea in her mouth that she could not answer. She only shook her head at him. Peter began to cry.
Then he tried to find his way straight across the garden, but he became more and more puzzled. Presently, he came to a pond where Mr. McGregor filled his water-cans. A white cat was staring at some gold-fish; she sat very,very still, but now and then the tip of her tail twitched as if it were alive. Peter thought it best to go away without speaking to her; he had heard about cats from his cousin, little Benjamin Bunny.