The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

Now you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a time went on a visit to his cousin in the country.  He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friend and made him heartily welcome.  Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely.

The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose at this country fare, and said: “I cannot understand, Cousin, how you can put up with such poor food as this, but of course you cannot expect anything better in the country; come you with me and I will show you how to live.  When you have been in town a week you will wonder how you could ever have stood a country life.”

No sooner said than done: the two mice set off for the town and arrived at the Town Mouse’s residence late at night.  “You will want some refreshment after our long journey,” said the polite Town Mouse, and took his friend into the grand dining-room.  There they found the remains of a fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice.  Suddenly they heard growling and barking.

“What is that?” said the Country Mouse.  “It is only the dogs of the house,” answered the other.  “Only!” said the Country Mouse. “I do not like that music at my dinner.”  Just at that moment the door flew open, in came two huge mastiffs, and the two mice had to scamper down and run off.  “Good-bye, Cousin,” said the Country Mouse, “What! going so soon?” said the other.  “Yes,” he replied; “Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.”

Ask any non american what the stereotypical american is…

The Fox and the Crow

A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree.  “That’s for me, as I am a Fox,” said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the tree.  “Good-day, Mistress Crow,” he cried.  “How well you are looking to-day: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye.  feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds.”  The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Master Fox.  “That will do,” said he.  “That was all I wanted.  In exchange for your cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future.

“Do not trust flatterers.”

  The Sick Lion

A Lion had come to the end of his days and lay sick unto death at the mouth of his cave, gasping for breath.  The animals, his subjects, came round him and drew nearer as he grew more and more helpless.  When they saw him on the point of death they thought to themselves: “Now is the time to pay off old grudges.”  So the Boar came up and drove at him with his tusks; then a Bull gored him with his horns; still the Lion lay helpless before them: so the Ass, feeling quite safe from danger, came up, and turning his tail to the Lion kicked up his heels into his face.  “This is a double death,” growled the Lion.

Only cowards insult dying majesty.

  The Ass and the Lapdog

A Farmer one day came to the stables to see to his beasts of burden: among them was his favourite Ass, that was always well fed and often carried his master.  With the Farmer came his Lapdog, who danced about and licked his hand and frisked about as happy as

could be.

The Farmer felt in his pocket, gave the Lapdog some dainty food, and sat down while he gave his orders to his servants.  The Lapdog jumped into his master’s lap, and lay there blinking while the Farmer stroked his ears.  The Ass, seeing this, broke loose from his halter and commenced prancing about in imitation of the Lapdog.  The Farmer could not hold his sides with laughter, so the Ass went up to him, and putting his feet upon the Farmer’s shoulder attempted to climb into his lap.  The Farmer’s servants rushed up with sticks and pitchforks and soon taught the Ass that Clumsy jesting is no joke.

THEY will say any combination of fat and stupid, ignorant trigger happy… add your adjective here”

The Lion and the Mouse

Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.  “Pardon, O King,” cried the little Mouse: “forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?”  The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go.

Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a waggon to carry him on.  Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts.  “Was I not right?” said the little Mouse.

Little friends may prove great friends.

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