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Aesop’s Fables, Lesson 08. The Cat and the Mice

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A certain house was much infested by Mice; the owner brought home a Cat, a famous mouser, who soon made such havoc among the little folk, that those who remained resolved they would never leave the upper shelves. The Cat grew hungry and thin in consequence, and, driven to her wit’s end, hung by her hind legs to a peg in the wall, and pretended to be dead. An old Mouse came to the edge of the shelf, and, seeing through the deception, cried out, ” Ah, ah, Mrs. Pussy! We should not come near you, even if your skin were stuffed with straw.”


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