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'Here they come - my two intrepid explorers,

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'Charlotte and Elliott.

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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 Elliott's turn.

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'Here he comes, racing to hear another tale

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'from an epic adventurer...

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CLACK CLACK

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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, Elliott.

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Come on, no time to count the clouds.

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We've got stories to tell.

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Now...

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let's have a lovely cup of tea.

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But first, we need...

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A teacup!

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But which one?

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That one.

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Oh...

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The Egyptian mirror.

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What a choice, Elliott.

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I do really love that story.

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This is just perfect to drink now.

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So...

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-Are you ready?

-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 glassless mirror.

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ELLIOT CLEARS HIS THROAT

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Oh, yes - of course.

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Let me tell you the story of Elliott

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and the adventure of the glassless mirror.

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It all began long, long ago,

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in ancient Egypt...

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..where towering pyramids

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and gigantic limestone statues

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graced the golden sand dunes.

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'After journeying for days across the Egyptian kingdom,

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'with its majestic desert and its sweeping valleys...

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'Elliott came to a quiet village...

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..where the narrow streets and canopies

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'gave shade from a cloudless sky.

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'In the distance, there was a woman,

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'selling honey and herbs from a basket.'

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Fresh herbs, fresh spices.

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Come and get your fresh honey, fresh herbs and fresh spices -

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the best in all of Egypt.

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Come and get your delicious fresh herbs and fresh spices -

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the best in all of Egypt.

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'As she carried on along with her way

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'and Elliott quenched his thirst,

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'he heard a conversation strike up from one of the nearby tents.'

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-Make sure it's neat.

-'There was a barber.

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'He was trimming the beard of a rich man, called Ittisan.'

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Don't trim too much off. I want a full beard.

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I'm meeting my new wife and I want to impress with

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-my hair and my beard.

-Yes, sir.

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I wish I could see it.

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Could I interest you in a mirror, sir?

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-It's the best possible quality.

-But this is no good -

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I can't see anything in this.

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It just needs polishing, sir.

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'That was when Elliott knew he could help.'

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Excuse me, I could polish it for you.

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Oh, yeah, thanks.

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'It didn't look like much of a mirror at all to Elliott,

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'but he polished it with the cloth

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'and soon, it shone so well

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'he could see his reflection in it.'

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There - all polished.

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Thank you.

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Oh! Oh, no!

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My beard! Now that I see it in the mirror,

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-it's even worse than I thought.

-It's not that bad, sir.

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I wanted a long, full beard and look - mine's hardly there at all!

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My new bride will never like this tiny, wispy beard.

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-I've heard honey does wonders for making beards grow, sir.

-Really?

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Makes it grow a treat. Put some honey on your chin

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-and you'll be amazed.

-Have you got any?

-No.

-Oh.

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Excuse me, there's a woman outside selling honey.

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I could go get some.

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Well, I've got to do something about this terrible beard,

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-before my new bride comes.

-I'll be as quick as I can.

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'Elliott set off to find the woman

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'and saw the most extraordinary thing...'

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Whoa!

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'..a Sphinx.

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A huge, half-man, half-lion,

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rising out of the desert sand.

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He couldn't help but admire his wonderful, long beard.

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Just then, the woman with the herbs and honey came past.

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-..fresh spices...

-Do you have any honey left?

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I have just the one jar left. What you want it for?

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-It's to help a man's beard grow faster.

-Grow a beard?

-Yes.

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He's meeting his new bride tomorrow and he wants to impress her.

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His barber said honey would help.

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He could use all the honey in the world,

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but he'd never grow it by tomorrow.

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-What he needs is a false beard.

-A false beard?

-They're all the rage.

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Anyone who's anyone is wearing them. They're the latest fashion.

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Oh, I see.

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My twin sister

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makes the most wonderful false beards in all of Egypt.

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'Getting a false beard seemed like it would be a piece of cake.

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

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The thing is, she lives a long, long way away.

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It'll take you all day to get there.

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'It was still afternoon and already, it had got so complicated.

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'Elliott had tried to help the man by polishing the mirror,

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-'but all that had done was show him how scrawny his beard was.'

-Oh, no!

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-'The barber thought honey would help...'

-Really?

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'..but the honey seller persuaded him a false beard would do the trick

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'and he thought getting a false beard would be a breeze.

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'He couldn't go back to the barbers with nothing, could he?

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'He had to set off to find the fruit seller's twin sister

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'and her collection of false beards.

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'So, off went Elliott in his old, battered boots.

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'He crossed the desert peaks, until...

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'..when he 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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'Elliott took a deep breath.

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'Safely across, Elliott set off once more,

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'until there it was...

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'..the magnificent city of Waset.

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'But there was no time to be awestruck.

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'Elliott had to find a false beard.

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'The desert sun was high in the sky

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'as Elliott found himself at the wig and beard shop.'

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Hello?

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Anyone in?

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-Hello?

-'But the shop looked very closed.

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'There was no answer,

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'but there was an arrow on the wall.

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'Elliott didn't know what the arrow meant at first,

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'but he had a guess that it might just mean

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-'that the woman was working around the back.'

-Ah...

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'There, Elliott saw a woman, plaiting a false beard.'

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Excuse me, I'd like to buy a beard.

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Your sister says you have the best collection in the whole of Egypt.

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I do, I do. I have all sorts here.

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What sort of beard are you looking for?

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What's the most stylish one you have?

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That would be the new gold ribboned one.

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It's made of the finest goats hair.

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It's perfect. I'll take it, thank you.

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Don't you want to try it on?

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I have a mirror - I polished it especially.

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Oh, you could be a pharaoh.

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Actually, it's not for me.

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Oh, OK.

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Well, if it's a present,

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you won't go wrong with this one.

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-Tell my sister I send my love.

-I will.

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-Safe trip back.

-Thank you, bye.

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'Back came Elliott in his old, battered boots,

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'over the desert peaks

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'and down the mountainside.

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'It felt like a very long journey indeed,

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'when finally, Elliott made it back to the barber's shop.

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'To his amazement, Ittisan was still there,

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'gazing into the mirror.'

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-Did you get any honey?

-No, but I got you a false beard.

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-BOTH:

-A false beard?

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Yes, they say everyone's wearing them.

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Really?

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Er, yes - I've heard that too.

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False beards are very fashionable right now.

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Let me show you what we can do.

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'Whilst the barber attached the false beard to the man's chin,

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'Elliott waited with the mirror.'

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There. Wonderful.

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Very impressive.

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I don't like it. Makes me look silly.

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'Oh, no - after all that!

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'What could Elliott do?

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'Then, he remembered...'

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The Sphinx has one just like that.

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That's true, but...

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It's just not me.

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'But before Elliott could say another word,

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'Ittisan's new bride turned up, out of the blue.'

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-Ittisan?

-Menui!

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I do love false beards.

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They're so Sphinx-like.

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Well, I am rather proud of it.

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You're not the type of man who always looks in the mirror, are you?

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Oh, no. No, Not at all.

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In fact, my dear...

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this mirror is a present for you -

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a token of my love.

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It's so beautifully polished.

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-Thank you.

-Let's celebrate.

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Yes, let's.

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And that was that. The whole kit and caboodle.

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Elliot and the adventure of the glassless mirror.

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-It's funny to have a metal mirror.

-..which you polished so well

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-that Ittisan could see his face in it.

-And his beard!

-Indeed.

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And who would have thought that far away in Waset,

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there was a woman selling the perfect false beard?

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-Ittisan was wise to give the mirror to Menui.

-He was. Though I think

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she may have found out that he was a bit vain, don't you?

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Blow me down with a feather - is that the time already?

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Come on. Your mum will 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, Elliott.

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Thanks, Great Aunt Lizzie!

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Cheery-bye, Elliott.

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Elliot and the Adventure of the Glassless Mirror. A man in ancient Egypt sees his reflection in a glassless mirror for the first time and thinks his chance of marriage is over. Elliot goes on an epic quest for a false beard.


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