The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

‘Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.’
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Characters team Feb 13. 2016
by Characters team
Now you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a
time went on a visit to his cousin in the country. He was
rough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friend
and made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon, cheese
and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them
freely. The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose at
this country fare, and said: ‘I cannot understand, Cousin,
how you can put up with such poor food as this, but of
course you cannot expect anything better in the country;
come you with me and I will show you how to live.
When you have been in town a week you will wonder
how you could ever have stood a country life.

No sooner said than done: the two mice set off for the town and
arrived at the Town Mouse’s residence late at night. ‘You
will want some refreshment after our long journey,’ said
the polite Town Mouse, and took his friend into the
grand dining-room. There they found the remains of a
fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies
and cakes and all that was nice. Suddenly they heard
growling and barking. ‘What is that?’ said the Country
Mouse. ‘It is only the dogs of the house,’ answered the
other. ‘Only!’ said the Country Mouse. ‘I do not like that
music at my dinner.’ Just at that moment the door flew
open, in came two huge mastiffs, and the two mice had to
scamper down and run off. ‘Good-bye, Cousin,’ said the
Country Mouse, ‘What! going so soon?’ said the other.
‘Yes,’ he replied;

‘Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.’

Aesop’s Fables
Photography: Tristan martin
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