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MICE
[ Also see Animals Cats Mammals ]

I holde a mouses herte nat worth a leek.
  That hath but one hole for to sterte to.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 572), a paraphrase of the prologue,
        The Wife of Bath's Tale

The mouse that hath but one hole is quickly taken.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

It had need to bee
  A wylie mouse that should breed in the cat's care.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. II, ch. V)

"Once on a time there was a mouse," quoth she,
  "Who sick of worldly tears and laughter, grew
    Enamoured of a sainted privacy;
      To all terrestrial things he bade adieu,
        And entered, far from mouse, or cat, or man,
          A thick-walled cheese, the best of Parmesan."
      - Lorenzo Pignotti, The Mouse Turned Hermit

When a building is about to fall down all the mice desert it.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Natural History (bk. VIII, sec. CIII)

The mouse that always trusts to one poor hole,
  Can never be a mouse of any soul.
      - Alexander Pope,
        The Wife of Bath--Her Prologue (l. 298)

The mouse ne'er shunned the cat as they did budge
  From rascals worse than they.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Marcius at I, vi)


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