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Author: Francesc Maspons Labrós - 1871

Translated into English
  by Jason F. Quackenbush, Esq. - 2016

Original title (Catalan):
La rateta

Country of origin: Spain

Story type: Little Ant Finds a Penny, Buys New Clothes with it, and Sits in her Doorway (ATU 2023)

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The Mouse

Francesc Maspons Labrós / Jason F. Quackenbush, Esq.

Once upon a time, a purdy little mouse sat in her window full of flowers, watchin' the folk pass by below, looking like a purdy bouquet all wrapped in them blue ribbons that she wore.
And what do you know, but along comes a rooster and is so struck by the window display, well, it's love at first sight, and he says:
"Little Mouse, Little Mouse, the heart of your bouquet, with a your purdy ribbons, will you marry me?
and the Mouse says:
- Tell me can you sing?
And so the Cock sings
- Cockadoodle doo! Cockadoodle Doo!
- Ay! Enough! Enough! That's frightening to me!
Then what do you know but along comes a chicken and she sees her beauty and says?
- Little Mouse, Little Mouse, the heart of your bouquet, will you marry me?
- Tell me can you sing?
And the hen sings - Buck, Buck, BaGock!
- Ay! Enough! Enough! That's frightening to me!
And then who passes by but a dog and he sees Mousey in her bouquet, and now he gets enamored and says:
- Little Mouse, Little mouse, the heart of your bouquet, will you marry me?
- Tell me can you sing?
and the dog sings - Woof! Woof! Woof!
And scared to death, the Little Mouse replies
- Ay! Enough! Enough! That's frightening to me!
And then an ox comes along and asks the same question too.
And the Little Mouse says:
- Tell me can you sing?
and the Ox sings - Moo... Moo...
- Ay! Enough! Enough! that's frightening to me!
And so all the animals passed under her window; all gettin' smitten and asking for her hand, but all totally terrifying her.
Until finally a little cat comes by and spots her window, and he likes what he sees so he says:
- Little Mouse, Little Mouse, the heart of your bouquet, with your pretty ribbons, will you marry me?
- Tell me can you sing?
- Meow, meow.
- Ay! Come up! Come up!, that's enchanting me me!
And up jumps the little cat and she looked so purdy and fat, he's thinkin', as purdy as can be; and just like that he eats her.