The Cat and the Mice

25. THE CAT AND THE MICE. A certain house was overrun with mice. By and by a cat arrived who caught and ate them every day, until at last there were very few left. Seeing this, the remaining mice held a parliament and passed a law that none should go down further than the upper shelf. The mice thus keeping out of reach, the hungry cat thought of a plan by which to entice them down. She hung herself by the hind legs on a peg of the wall and pretended to be dead. Seeing this, a sly old mouse popped his head over the shelf and cried out to her, "Aha! I see you there, old friend! And you may stay as long as you like, we do not care. We would not trust you, no, not even if you were stuffed with straw!" [more info]

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