Mus in Cervisia

Cervisia in olla bullit. 
Mus in spumam cervisiae cadit.
Catus, transiens, murem audit pipantem.
"Exire non possum!"
Catus dicit, "Quare clamas?"
Mus respondet, "In spumam cervisiae cecidi! Exire non possum!"
Catus dicit, "Si te extraham ex cervisiae spuma, quid mihi dabis?"
Mus respondet, "Tibi dabo quidquid postulabis!"
"Si te liberabo, veni ad me quando te vocabo."
Mus iurat. "Firmiter hoc promitto."
Catus murem extrahit et ire permittit. 
Alio die, catus, esuriens, venit ad muris foramen et clamat, "Veni ad me, mus!"
Sed mus dicit, "Ad te non venio."
Catus respondet, "Sed iuravisti mihi!” 
Mus ridet. "Frater, ebria fui quando iuravi."


Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una.
Notes: This story is Fable 202. Mus in Cervisia, from Odo of Cheriton (Perry 615). I have simplified the story, making it easier to read. For an English version (not a translation), see: The Cat and the Mouse in the Beer.

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