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The Cat And The Mouse In Partnership
A cat had made acquaintance with a mouse, and had spoken so much of the
great love and friendship she felt for her, that at last the Mouse consented to live
in the same house with her, and to go shares in the housekeeping. 'But we must
provide for the winter or else we shall suffer hunger,' said the Cat. 'You, little
Mouse, cannot venture everywhere in case you run at last into a trap.' This good
counsel was followed, and a little pot of fat was bought. But they did not know
where to put it. At length, after long consultation, the Cat said, 'I know of no place
where it could be better put than in the church. No one will trouble to take it away
from there. We will hide it in a corner, and we won't touch it till we are in want.'
So the little pot was placed in safety; but it was not long before the Cat had a
great longing for it, and said to the Mouse, 'I wanted to tell you, little Mouse, that
my cousin has a little son, white with brown spots, and she wants me to be
godmother to it. Let me go out to-day, and do you take care of the house alone.'
'Yes, go certainly,' replied the Mouse, 'and when you eat anything good, think of
me; I should very much like a drop of the red christening wine.'
But it was all untrue. The Cat had no cousin, and had not been asked to be
godmother. She went straight to the church, slunk to the little pot of fat, began to
lick it, and licked the top off. Then she took a walk on the roofs of the town,
looked at the view, stretched herself out in the sun, and licked her lips whenever
she thought of the little pot of fat. As soon as it was evening she went home
'Ah, here you are again!' said the Mouse; 'you must certainly have had an
enjoyable day.'
'It went off very well,' answered the Cat.
'What was the child's name?' asked the Mouse.