Now you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a
time went on a visit to his cousin in a country.
He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he
loved his town friend and made him heartily
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-hall.
There they found the remains of a 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
"Only!" said the Country Mouse. "I do not like
that music at my dinner."
Just at that moment the door 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
Moral: "Better beans and bacon in
peace than cakes and ale in fear."