Key words£ºcat, mouse, tempt, hole 
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Genre£ºfable Topic£ºcaution Words:120
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For this purpose she jumped upon a peg,
and suspending herself from it,
pretended to be dead.

The cat and the mice
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Author£ºAesop Source£ºwww.britishcouncil.org  
Nation£ºGreece Date£º2008-8-14



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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."

He who is once deceived is doubly cautious.


Discussion£º

1. Why couldn't the cat catch the mice?

2. Did the cat's device work?

3. What did the mice think of the cat's "death"?

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