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ANIMAL TALES

The Scheming Rat

A rat about to emerge from his hole, espied a cat outside. He went back to the colony of rats at the bottom of the hole and invited one of his acquaintances to join him in a visit to a nearby cornfield.
"I would've gone alone," he said, "but I could not deny myself the pleasure of your distinguished company."
"I'll certainly come," said the acquaintance, pleased. "Lead on."
"Lead!" exclaimed the other. "How could I walk in front of a rat as great and illustrious as you? It is you who must lead. I'll follow!"
Greatly flattered, the acquaintance led the way out of the hole and was promptly caught by the cat.
The other rat slipped out unnoticed and went on his way.

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