The Cat and the Mice

by Aesop

For this purpose she jumped upon a peg, and suspending herself from it, pretended to be dead.

A CERTAIN HOUSE was overrun with Mice. A Cat, discovering this, made her way into it, and began to catch and eat them one by one. The mice, being continually devoured, kept themselves close in their holes. The Cat, no longer able to get at them, perceived that she must tempt them forth by some device.

For this purpose she jumped upon a peg, and suspending herself from it, pretended to be dead. When the mice came near she pounced among them and killed a great number. Pleased with the success of the trick, she tried another.

She whitened herself with flour, and lay still on the heap of bags, as though she was one of them. The young mice crept dangerously near her, but an old one peeping stealthily out said Ah, my good madam, even though you should turn into a real flour bag, I will not come too near you.

Moral:
Avoid even appearances of danger.

Source:

Aesop's Fables
Copyright 1881
Translator: unknown
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset, et.al.
 
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