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The people who had done the repairs were supposed to have cleaned the house down before leaving, but Ellen had given it another scrub from top to bottom herself after they were gone, and it was as clean as a new pin. I almost felt as though I could have lived in it myself, and as for Ernest, he was in the seventh heaven. He said it was all my doing and Ellen鈥檚. In a coach-house, through which we passed on our way to see the prince's favourite horses with the state carriages鈥攓uite commonplace and comfortable, and made at Palitana鈥攚as a chigram,[Pg 68] off which its silk cover was lifted; it was painted bright red and spangled with twinkling copper nails. 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