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City mouse, country mouse

Posted by R. Berg on January 16, 2004

In Reply to: City mouse, country mouse posted by Dave Xnet on January 16, 2004

: Hello, there was a question in my son's homework
: that got me thinking. It's about the city mouse and
: the country mouse. The city mouse visits the country mouse at the farm, and the country mouse offers him
: seeds to eat, and some straw to sleep on.
: But the city mouse complains, asks the country mouse
: to visit him a *his* home. There, they eat human
: scraps, and sleep in comfort on soft rags. But while
: there, they get attacked by the family cat, and the
: country mouse is almost caught. He survives, but
: announces that he's leaving immediately - "it's better
: to eat seeds in a safe place, than to eat cake where
: there is danger"
: This sentiment reminds me of a proverb or popular
: saying, but I can't place it -
: any thoughts appreciated.
: Dave

From a different translation of the same fable: "Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear."