The Cock, the Cat and the Mouse
Once upon a time . . . a little mouse decided to go and see the world.
Packing some food for the journey, he carefully locked his door and set
for the unknown. And what a wonderful world he saw! Tall trees, rolling
countryside, flowers and butterflies he had never set eyes on before. On
hiked till, tired out, he came to a peasant's cottage. After eating some
his packed lunch, he thought he would inspect what, to him, was a peculiar
sort of building. He entered the farmyard and his eyes grew round as saucers:
there in front of him were two strange animals he had never seen before.
was large and handsome, with four legs, covered all over with soft fur,
sporting splendid white whiskers that gave it a solemn respectable air.
dozing against the wall. The other, a two-legged creature, had red, yellow
green feathers and a fierce, bad-tempered look. A pair of cruel eyes in
red-crested head glared at the little mouse.
"How do you do, sir! How do you do..." began the mouse's greeting,
felt foolish at not knowing the stranger's name. But the feathered creature
simply puffed out its chest, screeched a loud "Cocka-doodle-doo!"
towards the mouse, now paralyzed with fear. The little mouse saw the big
yellow beak hovering over him. "I must run!" he squeaked, turning
fleeing as fast as his legs would carry him. He spied a hole in the wall
dived into it. Inside, three faces stared at him in amazement.
"Where did you appear from?" they asked.
"I've come . . ." gasped the little mouse breathlessly, ".
. . from far
away! Where am I now?"
"This is our home. We're field mice. What happened?" And the little
told them about the animals he had met in the farmyard: one handsome and
harmless, the other brightly coloured and ferocious. The three field mice
laughed. "Calm down," they said. "Have a cup of coffee. Don't
you realize the
danger you were in? The creature that frightened you is only a cock, but
nice harmless one is our deadliest enemy, the cat! If he'd seen you, you
wouldn't be here to tell the tale. As you see, you can't always judge by