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THE LION AND THE MOUSE
AS a Lion lay asleep, a Mouse ran into his mouth. The
Lion shut his teeth together and would have eaten him
up, but the Mouse begged hard to be let out, saying:—
"If you will let me go, I will repay you some day."
The Lion smiled, but let the Mouse out. Not long
after, the Mouse had a chance to repay him. The Lion
was caught by some hunters
 and bound with ropes to a
tree. The Mouse heard him roar and groan, and ran and
gnawed the ropes, so that the Lion got free.
Then the Mouse said:—
"You laughed at me once, Lion, as if you could get
nothing in return for your kindness to me. But now it
is you who owe your life to me."