The Lion and the Mouse

A LION was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising

up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse

piteously entreated, saying: "If you would only spare my life, I would

be sure to repay your kindness." The Lion laughed and let him go. It

happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters,

who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognizing his

roar, came and gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaiming:

"You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, not expecting

to receive from me any repayment of your favor; now you know that it is

possible for even a Mouse to confer benefits on a Lion."

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