The city mouse and  the country mouse
Once there were two mice.  They   were  friends.
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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