|197. The Weasel And The Mice|
A Weasel, inactive from age and infi
rmities, 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, leapt upon him, and, being instantly caught, was squeezed to
death. Another perished in similar manner, and then a third, and still others after them. A very old Mouse, who had escaped full 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!"
一只鼠狼，年老力衰，无法灵巧活动，也无法像从前那样捉老鼠了。 所以它在面粉里滚了几下，躺到一个黑暗角落里。 一只老鼠，以为它是食物，便跳到它的身上，即刻被它捉住压死。 另外一只也同样地被它当作食物了。后来又来了第三只，而且在它们后面还有许多跟随着。 一只很老的老鼠，曾经逃脱过许多陷阱和罗网，它从一个安全的远处，留意到鼠狼狡猾的诡计，因此道：「唉！躺在那边的你，希望像你所假装着的样子安份地躺着吧！」