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Aesop Said So: Lithographs by Hugo Gellert

(The Cat and the Mice)

A Cat, feeble with age, and no longer able to hunt the Mice, thought that she might entice them within reach of her paw. She tried to pass herself off for a scroll of parchment, in the hope that the Mice would no longer be afraid to come near her.

An old Mouse, who was wise enought to keep his distance, whispered to a friend:

"Many a parchment scroll have I seen in my day, but never one with a cat's head."

"Stay there, good Madame," said his friend to the Cat, "as long as you please, but I would not trust myself within reach of you though you were stuffed with straw."