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This blog is written and maintained by Miss Cuddlywumps, a fluffy-tailed calico cat who is both classically educated and familiar with mysteries. Comments or complaints should be addressed to Miss C rather than to author Roby Sweet. Ms. Sweet accepts no responsibility for Miss C's opinions.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Conspiracy of Mice: To Bell the Cat



A fable from Aesop, as told by Miss Cuddlywumps


Once there were some filthy little mice who were troubled by a noble cat who habitually feasted on their friends and relations. Desperate to protect themselves from the cat so they could continue infesting people’s homes and ruining their food, the mice called a meeting to consider their options. One mouse suggested they tie a bell around the cat’s neck; then the tinkling of the bell would make it impossible for the cat to sneak up on them.

“Excellent idea,” said another mouse. “So who will bell the cat?”

The answer was predictable: Every mouse among them shrank back saying “Not I,” “Nor I,” or “Hey, don’t look at me!” For of course they knew that any mouse who approached the mighty cat would surely be eaten.

And so the cat remained un-belled and continued to catch and eat mice at her leisure, and all was right with the cat’s world.

And the moral of the story is:

Mice are delicious and nutritious and should not bother with futile conspiracies, particularly if none of them are brave enough to follow through.

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