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The Old Cat and the Young Mouse

The Old Cat and the Young Mouse is a classic fable by Jean de La Fontaine that explores themes of wisdom, experience, and cunning. The story involves an old, clever cat who fakes his own death to trick a naive young mouse into becoming its meal. It portrays the idea that youth and naivety can be easily exploited by older and more cunning individuals and that one must always be aware of the intentions of others, no matter how innocent they may seem.

Genre: Fable
Year:
1668
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A young Mouse, small and innocent, Implored an Old Cat's clemency:-- "Raminagrobis, let me live! Your royal mercy, monarch, give! A Mouse so little, sir, as I A tiny meal can well supply. How could I starve a family? Host, hostess, only look at me; I fatten on a grain of wheat: A mite my dinner makes complete. I'm thin, too, now;--just wait a bit, And for your children I'll be fit." Thus to the Cat the Mouse, aggrieved; The other answered. "You're deceived. Is it to me you talk like that? Go, tell the deaf and dumb--not me: Old Cats don't pardon, so you'll see. The law condemns, and you must die: Descend, and tell the Fates that I Have stopped your preaching, and be sure My children's meals will not be fewer." He kept his word; and to my fable I add a moral, as I'm able: Youth hopes to win all by address; But age is ever pitiless.
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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was a renowned French fabulist and one of the most famous poets during the French classical period. He was born on July 8, 1621, and died on April 13, 1695. Known for his literary style, he is best known for his "Fables", which are considered classics of French literature. His works were marked by his sophisticated style and moral substance, and his fables provided a scathing critique of French society during his time. more…

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