A cat was looking at a King, as permitted by the proverb. "Well," said the monarch, observing her inspection of the royal person, "how do you like me?" "I can imagine a King," said the Cat, "whom I should like better."
"The King of the Mice."
The sovereign was
with the wit of the reply that he gave her permission to scratch his
Minister's eyes out.
The gods were once disputing whether it was possible for a living being to change its nature. Jupiter said "Yes," but Venus said "No." So, to try the question, Jupiter turned a Cat into a Maiden, and gave her to a young man for a wife. The wedding was duly performed and the young couple sat down to the wedding-feast. "See," said Jupiter, to Venus, "how becomingly she behaves. Who could tell that yesterday she was but a Cat? Surely her nature is changed?"
"Wait a minute,"
and let loose a mouse into the room. No sooner did the bride see
this than she jumped up from her seat and tried to pounce upon the
"Ah, you see," said Venus, "Nature will out."
|The Cat and Venus
A cat fell in love with a handsome Young Man, and entreated Venus to change her into a woman.
"I should think," said Venus, "you might make so trifling a change without bothering me. However, be a woman."
Afterward, wishing to see if the change were complete, Venus caused a mouse to approach, whereupon the woman shrieked and made such a
show of herself that the Young Man would not marry her.
Hearing that the Birds in an aviary were ill, a Cat went to them and said that he was a physician, and would cure them if they would let him in.
"To what school of medicine do you belong?" asked the Birds.
"I am a Miaulopathist," said the Cat.
"Did you ever practise Gohomoeopathy?" the Birds inquired, winking faintly.
The Cat took the
hint and his
An eagle made her
nest at the
top of a lofty oak; a Cat, having found a convenient hole, moved into
middle of the trunk; and a Wild Sow, with her young, took shelter in a
hollow at its foot. The Cat cunningly resolved to destroy this
colony. To carry out her design, she climbed to the nest of the Eagle,
and said, "Destruction is preparing for you, and for me too,
The Wild Sow, whom you see daily digging up the earth, wishes to uproot
the oak, so she may on its fall seize our families as food for her
Having thus frightened the Eagle out of her senses, she crept down to
cave of the Sow, and said, "Your children are in great danger; for as
as you go out with your litter to find food, the Eagle is prepared to
upon one of your little pigs." Having instilled these fears into
the Sow, she went and pretended to hide herself in the hollow of the
When night came she went forth with silent foot and obtained food for
and her kittens, but feigning to be afraid, she kept a lookout all
the day. Meanwhile, the Eagle, full of fear of the Sow, sat still
on the branches, and the Sow, terrified by the Eagle, did not dare to
out from her cave. And thus they both, along with their families,
from hunger, and afforded ample provision for the Cat and her
Long ago, the mice had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a proposal to make, which he thought would meet the case. "You will all agree," said he, "that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous manner in which the enemy approaches us. Now, if we could receive some signal of her approach, we could easily escape from her. I venture, therefore, to propose that a small bell be procured, and attached by a ribbon round the neck of the Cat. By this means we should always know when she was about, and could easily retire while she was in the neighbourhood."
This proposal met
applause, until an old mouse got up and said: "That is all very well,
who is to bell the Cat?"The mice looked at one another and nobody
Then the old mouse said: "It is easy to propose impossible
A Cat caught a
Cock, and pondered
how he might find a reasonable excuse for eating him. He accused
him of being a nuisance to men by crowing in the nighttime and not
them to sleep. The Cock defended himself by saying that he did this for
the benefit of men, that they might rise in time for their
The Cat replied, "Although you abound in specious apologies, I shall
remain supperless"; and he made a meal of him.
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
A Fox was boasting to a Cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies. "I have a whole bag of tricks," he said, "which contains a hundred ways of escaping my enemies."
"I have only one," said the Cat; "but I can generally manage with that." Just at that moment they heard the cry of a pack of hounds coming towards them, and the Cat immediately scampered up a tree and hid herself in the boughs. "This is my plan," said the Cat."What are you going to do?" The Fox thought first of one way, then of another, and while he was debating the hounds came nearer and nearer, and at last the Fox in his confusion was caught up by the hounds and soon killed by the huntsmen. Miss Puss, who had been looking on, said:
"Better one safe
way than a
hundred on which you cannot reckon."