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Return to D. Ashliman's folktextsa library of folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology. Cat and Mouse in Partnership Germany A cat and a mouse wanted to live together and keep house as a partnership. They prepared for winter by buying a pot of fat, and because they had no safer spot for it, they placed it under the alter in the church until such time that they would need it.
However, one day the cat took a longing for it, and approached the mouse. She has given birth to a brown and white spotted little son, and I am supposed to carry him to his baptism. Is it all right for me to leave you home alone with the housework today? I would certainly welcome a drop of good red christening wine.
Soon afterward the cat took another longing, went to the mouse, and said, "I've been asked to serve as godfather once again. The child has a white ring around its body. I can't say no.
You'll have to do me a favor and take care of the house by yourself today. The mouse agreed, and the cat went and ate up half the fat. When she returned home, the mouse asked, "What name did this godchild receive? What are you telling me?
I've never heard that name. It certainly isn't in the almanac. Now the cat could not take his mind off the pot of fat. That only happens once in a few years. You will let me go, won't you? The mouse took care of the house and cleaned up everything, while the cat finished off the pot of fat. Round and full, she did not return until nighttime. That is a worrisome name!
Just what does this mean? I've never seen that name in print," and she shook her head and went to bed. No one invited the cat to serve as godfather a fourth time. Winter soon came, and when they could no longer find anything to eat outside, the mouse said to the cat, "Let's get the provisions that we've hid in the church under the altar. First came Top-Off, then it was Half-Gone, and then Link to the German text Katz und Maus in Gesellschaft. Aarne-Thompson-Uther type Return to the table of contents.
Mouse and Mouser England The mouse went to visit the cat, and found her sitting behind the hall door, spinning. Cat sharply : I'm spinning old breeches, good body, good body, I'm spinning old breeches, good body.
Cat gruffly : I'll wear 'em and tear 'em, good body, good body, I'll wear 'em and tear 'em, good body. Cat: snarling : The more meat you had, good body, good body, The more meat you had, good body. Cat sharply : The faster you'd eat it, good body, good body, The faster you'd eat it, good body. Mouse timidly : The cat came and ate it, my lady, my lady, The cat came and ate it, my lady. Jacobs' source: From memory by Lady Burne-Jones. Belling the Cat Aesop Long ago, the mice held 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 though would meet the case. Now, if we could receive some al 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 neighborhood.
This proposal met with general applause, until an old mouse Is the cat away and mouse wants to play up and said, "That is all very well, but who is to bell the cat? The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke.
Then the old mouse said: " It is easy to propose impossible remedies. This fable is sometimes entitled "Mice in Council. The Cat and the Mice Aesop There was once a house that was overrun with mice. A cat heard of this, and said to herself, "That's the place for me," and off she went and took up her quarters in the house, and caught the mice one by one and ate them. At last the mice could stand it n longer, and they determined to take to their holes and stay there. By and by a mouse peeped out and saw the cat hanging there.
But you may turn yourself into a bag of meal hanging there, if you like, yet you won't catch us coming anywhere near you. Source: V. Vernon Jones, transl. Heinemann,pp. The Hypocritical Cat Tibet In long-past times there was a chieftain of a company of mice who had a retinue of five hundred mice. And there was also a cat named Agnija. In his youth he had been wont to kill all the mice in the neighborhood of his dwelling place.
But afterward, when he had grown old, and no longer had the power of catching mice, he thought, "In former times, when I was young, I was able to catch mice by force. But now that I can do so no more, I must use some trick in order to make a meal off them. By means of such watching he found out that there were five hundred mice in the troop.
At a spot not far distant from the mouse hole, he took to performing fictitious acts of penance, and the mice, as they ran to and fro, saw him standing there with pious mien. So they cried out to him from a distance, "Uncle, what are you doing? The cat replied, "As in my youth I have perpetrated many vicious actions, I am now doing penance in order to make up for them.
The mice fancied that he had given up his sinful life, and there grew up within them confidence nourished by faith. Now as they returned into their hole every day after making their rounds, the cat always seized on and devoured the mouse which came last. Seeing that the troop was constantly dwindling, the chief thought, "There must be some cause for the fact that my mice are diminishing inand this cat is thriving apace. So he began t observe the cat closely. And when he saw that the cat was fat and well covered with hair, he thought, "There is no doubt that this cat has killed the mice.
Therefore must I bring the matter to the light of day.
Now as he kept careful watch from a hiding place, he saw how the cat ate up the mouse which went last. Then from afar off he pronounced this verse: As the uncle's body waxes bigger, but my troop on the contrary becomes smaller, and as he who eats roots and berries will not become fat and well covered with hair, this is not a genuine penance, but one performed only for the sake of gain. Because the of the mice diminished, have you, O Agnija, thrived. Anton von Schiefner, and from the German into English by W. The Kanjur "translated word" is a large collection of Buddhist teachings and tales, probably brought to Tibet by Indian refugees in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
Depending on the edition, the Kanjur consists of, or folio volumes. The Kanjur plus the Tanjur "translated treatises"comprise the two parts of the official canon of Tibetan Buddhism. The Cat and the Mice Tibet Once upon a time there was a cat who lived in a large farmhouse in which there was a great of mice. For many years the cat found no difficulty in catching as many mice as she wanted to eat, and she lived a very peaceful and pleasant life.
But as time passed on she found that she was growing old and infirm, and that it was becoming more and more difficult for her to catch the same of mice as before; so after thinking very carefully what was the best thing to do, she one day called all the mice together, and after promising not to touch them, she addressed them as follows:. The fact is that I have led a very wicked life, and now, in my old age, I repent of having caused you all so much inconvenience and annoyance.
So I am going for the future to turn over a new leaf. It is my intention now to give myself up entirely to religious contemplation and no longer to molest you, so henceforth you are at liberty to run about as freely as you will without fear of me.Is the cat away and mouse wants to play
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