The Weasel and the Mice

A weasel, inactive from old age and infirmities, was not able to catch mice as he once did. He therefore rolled himself in flour and lay down in a dark corner. A mouse, supposing him to be food, approached him and, being instantly caught, was squeezed to death. Another perished in a similar manner, and then a third, and still others after them. A very old mouse, who had escaped many a trap and snare, observing from a safe distance the trick of his crafty foe, said; "Ah! You that lie there, may you prosper just in the same proportion as you are what you pretend to be!"