|The city mouse and the country mouse|
Once there were two mice. They
One mouse lived in the country; the other mouse
lived in the city.
After many years the Country mouse saw the City
mouse; he said, "Do come and see me at my house
in the country."
So the City mouse went. The Country mouse took
him to his house in a field. He gave him the nicest
food that he could find.
The City mouse said, "This food is not good, and
your house is not good.
Why do you live in a hole in the field?
You should come and live in the city. You would
live in a nice house made of stone. You would have
nice food to eat. You must come and see me at my
house in the city."
The country mouse went to the house of the City
mouse. It was a very good house. Nice food was
set ready for them to eat. But just as they began
to eat they heard a great noise. The City mouse
cried, "Run! Run! The cat is coming!"
They ran away quickly and hid.
After some time they came out. When they came
out, the Country mouse said, "I do not like living
in the city. I like living in my hole in the field.
For it is nicer to be poor and happy, than to be
rich and afraid."
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