Presently I was deriving exquisite suffering from this employment, yet maybe I could have endured it if the mouse
had attended steadily to his work; but he did not do that; he stopped every now and then, and I suffered more while waiting and listening for him to begin again than I did while he was gnawing.
She felt as if she had been on a long journey, and at any rate she had had something to amuse her all the time, and she had played with the ivory elephants and had seen the gray mouse
and its babies in their nest in the velvet cushion.
When a seaman did put up at the Admiral Benbow (as now and then some did, making by the coast road for Bristol) he would look in at him through the curtained door before he entered the parlour; and he was always sure to be as silent as a mouse
when any such was present.
After some time spent in peeping, grinning, and chattering, he at last espied me; and reaching one of his paws in at the door, as a cat does when she plays with a mouse
, although I often shifted place to avoid him, he at length seized the lappet of my coat (which being made of that country silk, was very thick and strong), and dragged me out.
Just then she heard something splashing about in the pool a little way off, and she swam nearer to make out what it was: at first she thought it must be a walrus or hippopotamus, but then she remembered how small she was now, and she soon made out that it was only a mouse
that had slipped in like herself.
A cat had made acquaintance with a mouse
, and had spoken so much of the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at last the Mouse
consented to live in the same house with her, and to go shares in the housekeeping.
The blue- bottles buzzed about the wall, and a little old mouse
picked over the rubbish among the jam pots.
And I am the more persuaded of that suspicion, if one can call it so, by the fact that if you take, for instance, the antithesis of the normal man, that is, the man of acute consciousness, who has come, of course, not out of the lap of nature but out of a retort (this is almost mysticism, gentlemen, but I suspect this, too), this retort-made man is sometimes so nonplussed in the presence of his antithesis that with all his exaggerated consciousness he genuinely thinks of himself as a mouse
and not a man.
Up-and-down did it: and the landscape, which had been showing signs of mental aberration in various directions, returned to its normal condition of sobriety with the exception of a small yellowish-brown mouse
, which continued to run wildly up and down the road, lashing its tail like a little lion.
As it came nearer the Tin Woodman saw that running before the beast was a little gray field mouse
, and although he had no heart he knew it was wrong for the Wildcat to try to kill such a pretty, harmless creature.
A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse
, and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at length the mouse
agreed that they should live and keep house together.
So the Tin Woodman blew a shrill note upon a silver whistle that hung around his neck, and presently a tiny grey mouse
popped from a near-by hole and advanced fearlessly toward them.