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She finds a little door in the hillside, and hears someone singing behind it: She knocks. " Lucie opens the door, and discovers a low-ceilinged kitchen. At the table stands a short, stout person wearing a tucked-up print gown, an apron, and a striped petticoat. Her little black nose goes sniffle, sniffle, snuffle, and her eyes go twinkle, twinkle, and beneath her little white cap are prickles! Tiggy-winkle, the animals' laundress and "an excellent clear-starcher". She has found Lucy's lost things, and launders them for her. They set off together down the path to return the fresh laundry to the little animals and birds in the neighbourhood. Her cap, shawl, and print gown are nowhere to be seen. "Besides," the narrator assures the reader, "I have seen that door into the back of the hill called Catbells – and besides I am very well acquainted with dear Mrs. Potter was 26 when, in 1892, she visited Mac Donald while staying at Heath Park, Birnam. Tiggy-winkle is a hedgehog washerwoman who lives in a tiny cottage in the fells of the Lake District.

A little girl named Lucie lives on a farm called Little-town.

She is a good little girl, but has lost three pocket handkerchiefs and a pinafore.