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Here they come! My two intrepid explorers.

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Charlotte and Elliot.

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I'm their Great-Aunt Lizzie, you see.

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And I wonder which one is coming to see me today.

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Ah, so it's Charlotte's turn.

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Here she comes,

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racing to hear another tale from an epic adventurer.

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And what wonderful adventures they were.

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So long ago, and so far away.

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I collected a few souvenirs along the way.

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But my most precious possession of all

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is my extraordinary collection of teacups.

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You've still got your coat on, Charlotte. Come on!

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No time to count the clouds. We've got stories to tell.

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Now, let's have a lovely cup of tea.

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-But first, we need...

-A teacup!

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Which one?

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-That one.

-Oh!

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The Roman lamp. What a choice, Charlotte!

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I do really love that story.

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This should be just perfect to drink now.

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So, are you ready?

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Ready!

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Then let me tell you the story of Great Aunt Lizzie

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And The Adventure Of The Roman Lamp.

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-Ahem-hem.

-Oh, yes, of course.

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Let me tell you the story

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of Charlotte And The Adventure Of The Roman Lamp.

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It all began long, long ago,

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in an ancient empire where towns and cities of marble and gold

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nestled among the hills and fields, in a land we now call Italy.

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After journeying for days across the Roman Empire,

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with its magnificent temples and cool covered walkways,

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Charlotte found herself in a quiet town.

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From over the rooftops, she heard the echo of a voice.

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She followed the sound along the street

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until her eye was caught by a stall, standing alone,

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selling what looked like little pots.

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Lamps. Anyone want to buy a lamp?

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-Lamps, anyone want to buy a lamp?

-Pardon?

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-Would you like to buy a lamp, madam?

-What kind of lamp?

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It's a new kind. Gives a lovely light.

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Made in my own workshop in Rome, of the best quality.

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-Do we need a lamp?

-We have one, mistress.

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Then we won't be buying a lamp.

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Goodness, is that the time? Quick, we need to do my hair!

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-Yes, mistress!

-They're really good. Lovely and bright.

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Charlotte was absolutely convinced there must be a better way

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-to sell lamps.

-Lamp. Lamp. Anyone want to buy a lamp?

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-Come and get your...

-Excuse me?

-Do you want to buy a lamp?

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Made in my workshop in Rome. Makes a lovely bright light.

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-Have you sold many today?

-Yes, dozens.

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All right, one.

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Not any. In fact, I haven't sold many all week.

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-I don't know what I'm doing wrong!

-Hm.

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Well, perhaps you could sound a bit more happy about your lamps.

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What do you mean?

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Charlotte picked up the little lamp and looked at it closely.

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It had a small hole where you put the oil in,

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and another where the wick went so you could light it.

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She held it up high to show the passers-by, and started to call out.

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Lamps! Lamps for sale!

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Some of the best, brightest lamps in the Roman Empire right here!

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Now you try.

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Come on. Get your lamps.

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-A bit louder.

-Come and get your lamps!

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Best, brightest lamps in all of Rome! Come and get your lamps!

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Best, brightest lamps in all of Rome!

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Suddenly, from out of nowhere...

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Ahhhh!

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-..Charlotte heard an extraordinary screeching noise.

-Ow. Ow!

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Who or what could be making such a raucous din?

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Charlotte's inescapable curiosity wouldn't let her wait to find out.

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-Owwww!

-The noise seemed to be coming from a nearby house.

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Charlotte crept towards the open door and peered in.

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Owwwww!

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There, inside the house, was the servant girl,

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elaborately dressing her mistress's hair.

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Ow! That hurts!

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-You're so clumsy.

-It's not much longer, mistress.

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No! That's it!

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Get off me.

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That spoilt mistress's behaviour was astonishing.

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But still, Charlotte picked up the comb and went in.

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Charlotte returned the comb to the servant girl,

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and with some trepidation took a good, close look

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at the mistress's hair.

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-What lovely hair!

-It doesn't feel lovely.

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Let me have a look in my mirror.

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I am exhausted. Haven't even had time for a drink all morning.

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Would you like a cup of water?

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-But without warning, the miserable mistress screamed again.

-Ahhh!

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And...

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Oh, dear, what had she done?

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Oh, no. The lamp!

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It was looking very much the worse for wear.

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-Oh, what will she say?

-I'll go and get a new one.

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Make sure you get back before it's dark and she needs a lamp lit.

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-She's not very patient.

-That man at the market sells them.

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I'll be as quick as I can.

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Charlotte thought making amends

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would be as easy as falling off a log.

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But, of course, it was never going to be as easy as that.

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The lamp-seller was gone! But didn't he say his workshop was in Rome?

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That was miles and miles away.

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It wasn't even lunchtime, and already it had got so messy.

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-Come and get your lamps!

-She'd done her best to help that lamp-seller.

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She'd picked up the comb the grumpy woman threw away.

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She'd tried to get a drink for the servant girl.

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And yes, she'd knocked over the lamp,

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but that wasn't entirely her fault.

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-Oh, no. The lamp!

-And she thought buying a new lamp would be a doddle.

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She couldn't go back to the poor servant girl

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without the lamp, could she?

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There was nothing else for it but to get her skates on -

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to Rome, to the lamp-seller's house.

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So, off went Charlotte in her old, battered boots.

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She scrambled up the rugged mountain paths until...

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..when she was almost out of breath...

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the path ran out!

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There was only one way to get to the other side.

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Charlotte took a deep breath.

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Safely across, she set off once more,

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until there before her was the magnificent city of Rome.

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But there was no time to admire the view.

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Charlotte had to get that lamp.

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The streets of Rome were quiet when she arrived

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at the house where the lamp-seller lived.

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Charlotte tapped politely on the door.

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But there was no reply.

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Then she heard a strange, low, rumbling noise.

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SNORING

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He must've decided to have an afternoon nap.

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So she tried calling through the gap.

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Excuse me, I'm sorry to bother you, but I need to buy a lamp!

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She waited to see if he'd heard, but nothing.

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She just couldn't wake him up.

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Charlotte had a look in her bag for a bit of inspiration,

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and pulled out...

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..an alarm clock.

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BRRRING!

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Oh! What's all that noise?! Oi, wha...

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Oh, hello! What are you doing here?

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I need a lamp, please, and I need it really quickly.

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The thing is, I sold so many this morning, I haven't got any left.

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And that's thanks to you, because you helped me.

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Tell you what, I'll give you mine.

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-Thank you!

-It's my pleasure.

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-Great doing business with you.

-And you!

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Hurry along, now.

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Thanks, and bye!

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Bye!

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Back came Charlotte in her old, battered boots,

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over the plains and down the mountainside.

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And eventually, after a very long journey indeed,

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she made it back into town.

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Keeping an eye out for the mistress,

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she crept to where the servant girl was waiting.

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I got the lamp!

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It wasn't quite as easy as I thought.

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It's perfect! Quick, let's light it.

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It's a lovely light. But where's your mistress?

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Oh, the moment I finished her hair she went out.

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I was so worried you wouldn't get back by the time it got dark,

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but now I've got a whole evening free

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and a lovely lamp to light it with. Thank you!

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Will she be upset about the old one?

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She'll never notice.

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I'll just put it out with the rubbish in the morning.

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-Now, let's have a nice sit down and a drink.

-Yes, let's.

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And that was that. The whole kit and caboodle.

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Charlotte And The Adventure Of The Roman Lamp.

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I liked the bit when the lady was having her hair plaited.

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What about the snoring man? I thought you'd never wake him up!

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Maybe I should've got the mistress to help. She was very loud.

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-She certainly was, and very bad-tempered.

-Yes, she was.

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-Not sure she deserved a new lamp.

-But the servant girl was so nice

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and she would've got into terrible trouble.

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You're absolutely right, Charlotte.

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Well, I never! Is that the time already?

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Come on. Your mum'll be here in a minute.

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Your coat.

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Now, how did that get there?

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Home time now, Charlotte.

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Thanks, Great-Aunt Lizzie!

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Cheery-bye, Charlotte!

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Charlotte and the Adventure of the Roman Lamp. A servant in ancient Rome must replace her broken oil lamp before it gets dark and her impatient mistress finds out. Charlotte goes on an epic quest for a new lamp.


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