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     The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk

A MOUSE who always lived on the land, by an unlucky chance formed an intimate relation with a Frog, who lived for the most of the time only in the water.

 The Frog, one day in mood of mischief, caught the foot of the Mouse tightly to his own.

 Thus joined together, the Frog first of all led his friend the Mouse to the meadow where they were going to find their food.

After this, he gradually led him towards the pool in which he lived, until reaching the very brink, he suddenly jumped in, dragging the Mouse with him.

 The Frog enjoyed the water amazingly, and swam croaking about, as if he had done a good job.

 The unhappy Mouse was soon suffocated by the water, and his dead body floated about on the surface of the water, tied to the foot of the Frog.

 A Hawk observed it, and, pouncing upon it with his talons, carried it aloft.

The Frog, being still tied to the leg of the Mouse, was also carried off a prisoner, and was eaten by the Hawk.

Moral: Harm hatch, harm catch.




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