~ 90. Belling the Cat ~



The mice held a council. "Something must be done about the cat!" said the chief of the mice.
"But what shall we do?"
The mice debated many proposals, and finally they decided that a bell might work.
"All in favor of belling the cat, say aye!"
The mice all shouted aye with great enthusiasm.
"All opposed?"
None of the mice was opposed.
"Next order of business," said the mouse-chief. "Who is going to put the bell on the cat?"
Silence.
And so the fine plan failed, all because there was no mouse who would put the bell on the cat.

Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 391.
Notes: This is Perry 613.

Here is an illustration by Grandville:



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