The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse

<p><p>NOW you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a time went on a visit to his cousin
in the country. He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friend
and made him heartily welcome. 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: &#147;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.&#148; No sooner said than done: the two mice set off for the town and arrived
at the Town Mouse&#146;s residence late at night. &#147;You will want some refreshment
after our long journey,&#148; said the polite Town Mouse, and took his friend
into the grand dining-room. There they found the remains of a fine feast, and
soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice. Suddenly
they heard growling and barking. &#147;What is that?&#148; said the Country Mouse.
&#147;It is only the dogs of the house,&#148; answered the other. &#147;Only!&#148;
said the Country Mouse. &#147;I do not like that music at my dinner.&#148; Just
at that moment the door flew open, in came two huge mastiffs, and the two mice
had to scamper down and run off. &#147;Good-bye, Cousin,&#148; said the Country
Mouse, &#147;What! going so soon?&#148; said the other. &#147;Yes,&#148; he replied;<br>
<p>&#147;BETTER BEANS AND BACON IN PEACE THAN CAKES AND ALE IN FEAR.&#148; <br>