~ 94. The Mouse in the Chest ~
There was a mouse who had been born inside a chest, and she lived all her life there, eating the grain inside the chest.
Then one day she climbed up onto the edge of the chest and from there she fell down onto a shelf which was full of bread and cheese and all kinds of wonderful food.
"What a fool I've been!" said the mouse, "All this time I thought there was nothing better in the world than the little chest in which I lived. Now I see the world is full of things I never dreamed of before!"
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 200 in the book, which is not in Perry's catalog; it is one of the fables of Abstemius.