A Council of Mice
an Aesop Fable
mice, frustrated by the constant dangers of the cat, met in council
to determine a solution to their tiring challenge. They discussed, and
equally rejected, plan after plan. Eventually, a very young mouse raised
up on his hind legs, and proposed that a bell should be hung around
the cat's neck.
"What a splendid idea!"
"Oh yes, that would very well warn
of the cat's presence in time to escape!"
They were accepting the proposal with
great enthusiasm and applause, until a quiet old mouse stood up to speak.
"This is, indeed, a very good suggestion
and would no doubt solve our problems," he said, "Now, which
one of us will put the bell around the cat's neck?"
It's one thing to propose. It's something else to carry it out.