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Aesop's Fables by  J. H. Stickney




LITTLE starveling Mouse had made his way with some difficulty into a basket of corn, where finding the entertainment much to his liking, he stuffed and crammed [187] himself to such an extent that when he was ready to get out again, he found the hole by which he had entered too small to allow his puffed-out body to pass through. A Weasel, who was drawn to the spot by his cries, thus counseled him: "Stay where you are, my friend, and fast till you are thin; for you will never come out till you reduce yourself to the same condition as when you went in."

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