A country mouse entertained his city cousin with a meal of barley and carrots, but the city mouse scorned this rustic fare.
"Come with me to the city," he said, "and enjoy some fine dining."
The city mouse led his country cousin into a dining room where the table was laden with bread, cheese, meat, and delicious sweets too.
They had just begun to enjoy the feast when a cat pounced up on the table; the two mice ran for their lives.
"I prefer my peaceful poverty to your deadly luxury!" said the country mouse, and then he scurried home.
Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 196 in the book, which is Perry 352.
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