THE RAT AND THE ELEPHANT
 A RAT was traveling along the
king's highway. He was a very
proud Rat, considering his small
size and the bad reputation all
Rats have. As Mr. Rat walked
along—he kept mostly to the
ditch—he noticed a great commotion up the road, and soon a
grand procession came in view.
It was the King and his retinue.
The King rode on a huge
Elephant adorned with the most
gorgeous trappings. With the
Ding in his luxurious howdah
were the royal Dog and Cat.
great crowd of people followed
the procession. They were so
taken up with admiration of the
Elephant, that the Rat was not
noticed. His pride was hurt.
"What fools!" he cried. "Look
at me, and you will soon forget
that clumsy Elephant! Is it his
great size that makes your eyes
pop out? Or is it his wrinkled
hide? Why, I have eyes and ears
and as many legs as he! I am of
just as much importance, and"—
But just then the royal Cat
spied him, and the next instant,
the Rat knew he was not quite
so important as an Elephant.
A resemblance to the great in some things does not make us great.
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