The Cat and the Mice

: Aesop's Fables

A CERTAIN HOUSE was overrun with Mice. A Cat, discovering this,

made her way into it and began to catch and eat them one by one.

Fearing for their lives, the Mice kept themselves close in their

holes. The Cat was no longer able to get at them and perceived

that she must tempt them forth by some device. For this purpose

she jumped upon a peg, and suspending herself from it, pretended

to be dead. One of the Mice, peeping stealthily out, saw her and

said, "Ah, my good madam, even though you should turn into a

meal-bag, we will not come near you."