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The Mouse, The Bird, And The Sausage

By Itellyouastory

Once upon a time, a mouse, a bird, and a sausage, entered intopartnership and set up house together.  For a long time all  went well;they lived  in great comfort, and prospered so far as  to be able to addconsiderably  to their stores. The bird’s duty was to fly daily into thewood and bring  in fuel; the mouse fetched the water, and the sausagesaw to the cooking.

When people are too well off they always begin to long for somethingnew. And so it came  to pass, that the  bird, while out one  day, met afellow bird, to whom he boastfully expatiated on the excellence of hishousehold arrangements. But  the  other  bird  sneered  at  him  forbeing  a  poor simpleton, who did all the hard work,  while the othertwo stayed at  home and had a  good time  of it. For,  when the  mousehad made  the fire  and fetched in the water, she could retire into herlittle room and rest until it was time to set the table. The sausage hadonly to watch the pot to see that the food was  properly cooked, andwhen  it was near dinner-time,  he just threw  himself  into  the broth,or  rolled  in and  out  among  the vegetables three or four times, andthere they were, buttered, and salted, and ready to be served. Then,when  the bird came home and had laid  aside his burden, they sat downto table, and when they had finished their meal, they could  sleep theirfill till  the following  morning: and  that  was really a verydelightful life.


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