The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

A COUNTRY MOUSE invited a City Mouse, an close friend, to pay him a visit and enjoy his country food.

As they were on the bare plowlands, eating their wheat-stocks and roots pulled up from a row of bushes, the City Mouse said to his friend,

"You live here the life of the ants, while my house is the horn of plenty. I am surrounded by every luxury, and if you will come with me, as I wish you would, you shall have a good share of my delicious food." The Country Mouse was easily persuaded, and returned to the city with his friend.

On his arrival, the City Mouse placed before him bread, barley, beans, dried figs, honey, raisins, and, last of all, brought a delicious piece of cheese from a basket. The Country Mouse, being much delighted at the sight of such good food, expressed his satisfaction in warm terms and felt sad for his own hard fate.

Just as they were beginning to eat, someone opened the door, and they both ran off squeaking, as fast as they could, to a hole so narrow that two could only find room in it by squeezing. They had barely come back again when someone else entered to take something out of a cupboard, whereupon the two Mice, more frightened than before, ran away and hid themselves.

At last the Country Mouse, almost starved, said to his friend:

"Although you have prepared for me so delicious a feast, I must leave you to enjoy it by yourself. It is surrounded by too many dangers to please me. I prefer my bare plowlands and roots from the bushes, where I can live in safety, and without fear."
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