The Mouse and the Lion
One day a lion caught a mouse. "Spare me," said the mouse, "I
am so little and you are so big; but, who knows, perhaps some
day I will be able to do you a favour." The lion thought this funny
and let the mouse go. But a few days later the very same lion was
caught in a net. After a while the mouse came along, "Help, called
the lion, Help, little mouse . Chew through these ropes.
Remember, after all, that you owe me a favour." The mouse
started chewing and then suddenly stopped. "Why have you
stopped?" roared the lion. "Well, I just thought of something," said
the little mouse, "You see, I think I have already done you a
favour." "You haven't," roared the lion. "Yes, I have," said the
mouse. "What?" roared the lion. "Well, you see," said the mouse,
"I haven't killed you."
From Feminist Fables (Virago; Spinifex)
copyright Suniti Namjoshi
(India, Canada, Britain)
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