The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse

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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ EE-sop or /ˈeɪsɒp/ AY-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aísopos; c. 620–564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics. Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave (δοῦλος) who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. Depictions of Aesop in popular culture over the last 2,500 years have included many works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs.

The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse

Johnny was Town-mouse who lived in a cupboard. Timmy Willie was born in a garden. Timmy Willie, the little country mouse, wanted to visit the town. The gardener sent vegetables to town once a week by a carrier; Timmy Willie sat in the hamper and went to town. 
Timmy Willie had a rough ride to town as packages were thrown in. He sat trembling among the vegetables till he reached the town. 
At last, the cart stopped at a house.  The hamper was taken out, carried in, and set down.  The Town was a very noisy place. Timmy Willie could hear the dogs barking, and boys whistled in the street.  He could hear the cook laughing and the parlor maid run up and down the stairs. 
Timmy Willie, who lived all his life in a garden, was almost frightened to death. 
He ran all around the house and almost crashed into Johnny, the Town-mouse.  Johnny introduced Timmy Willie to nine other mice. 
The town mice fed Tommy Willie an eight-course dinner which was truly elegant.  Suddenly all the mice started running helter-skelter, and to his horror, Timmy Willie realized they were being chased by a cat. His appetite failed, he felt faint
Johnny offered Timmy Willie a comfortable sofa pillow to sleep. The sofa pillow had a small hole in it. Johnny said it was very comfortable.  But, the sofa smelt of a cat. 
It was the same the next day. An excellent breakfast was offered by Johnny. They were chased by the cat and Sarah, the parlor maid all day long. 
Timmy Willie wanted to go back to his peaceful nest. He started longing for his home and grew very thin
So, Timmy Willie said goodbye to his friends and hid inside a hamper of cake which was being sent to the village.  After a lot of tossing and turning, he reached home. He promised himself never to leave his peaceful and quite home.

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Word Lists:

Hamper : a large basket with a lid used for laundry

Smelt : extract (metal) from its ore by a process involving heating and melting

Chase : pursue in order to catch or catch up with

Peaceful : free from disturbance; tranquil

Carrier : a person or thing that carries, holds, or conveys something

Longing : a yearning desire

Comfortable : (especially of clothes or furnishings) providing physical ease and relaxation

Appetite : a natural desire to satisfy a bodily need, especially for food

Elegant : pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner

Toss : throw (something) somewhere lightly, easily, or casually


Additional Information:

Rating: A

Words: 345

Unique Words : 152

Sentences : 37

Reading Time : 1:32

Noun : 132

Conjunction : 19

Adverb : 16

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 14

Pronoun : 23

Verb : 64

Preposition : 34

Letter Count : 1,461

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral

Difficult Words : 61

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