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The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse..
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NOW you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a time went on a visit to
his cousin in the country. He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he
loved his town friend and made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon,
cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely.
The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose at this country fare, and
said: "I cannot understand, Cousin, how you can put up with such poor
food as this, but of course you cannot expect anything better in the
country; come you with me and I will show you how to live. When you
have been in town a week you will wonder how you could ever have stood
a country life." No sooner said than done: the two mice set off for
the town and arrived at the Town Mouse's residence late at night.
"You will want some refreshment after our long journey," said the polite
Town Mouse, and took his friend into the grand dining-room. There they
found the remains of a fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up
jellies and cakes and all that was nice. Suddenly they heard growling
and barking. "What is that?" said the Country Mouse. "It is only the
dogs of the house," answered the other. "Only!" said the Country
Mouse. "I do not like that music at my dinner." Just at that moment
the door flew open, in came two huge mastiffs, and the two mice had to
scamper down and run off. "Good-by, Cousin," said the Country Mouse.
"What! going so soon?" said .the other. "Yes," he replied;
"BETTER BEANS AND BACON IN PEACE
THAN CAKES AND ALE IN FEAR."