~ 87. The Mouse and the Cat on the Shelf ~



A mouse gazed at a cat who was curled up, fast asleep, on a high shelf.
"She looks so calm and good-natured," the mouse thought to himself. "And so pretty too! I'm sure such a beautiful creature must have a kind heart. In fact, I think I would like to make her acquaintance."
The mouse then scampered up on the shelf, squeaking sweetly.
The cat opened her eyes but did not move until the mouse was within reach.
She then seized the mouse and devoured him.
The moral: If you're a mouse, be careful when making friends with the cat.

Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 318.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition; find out more here.

Here is an illustration by Grandville:




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