THE LION AND THE MOUSE
 A LION lay asleep in the forest,
his great head resting on his paws.
A timid little Mouse came upon
him unexpectedly, and in her
fright and haste to get away, ran
across the Lion's nose. Roused
from his nap, the Lion laid his
huge paw angrily on the tiny
creature to kill her.
"Spare me!" begged the poor
Mouse. "Please let me go and
some day I will surely repay you."
The Lion was much amused
to think that a Mouse could ever
help him. But he was generous
and finally let the Mouse go.
Some days later, while stalking his prey in the forest, the
Lion was caught in the toils of a
hunter's net. Unable to free himself, he filled the forest with his
angry roaring. The Mouse knew
the voice and quickly found the
Lion struggling in the net. Running to one of the great ropes
that bound him, she gnawed it
until it parted, and soon the Lion
"You laughed when I said
I would repay you," said the
Mouse. "Now you see that even
a Mouse can help a Lion."
A kindness is never wasted.
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