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Aesop's Fables: The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

Now you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a time went on a visit to his cousin in the country.

He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friend and made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely.

The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose at this country fare, and said: "I cannot understand, Cousin, how you can put up with such poor food as this, but of course you cannot expect anything better in the country; come you with me and I will show you how to live. When you have been in town a week you will wonder how you could ever have stood a country life."

No sooner said than done: the two mice set off for the town and arrived at the Town Mouse's residence late at night. "You will want some refreshment after our long journey," said the polite Town Mouse, and took his friend into the grand dining-room.

There they found the remains of a fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice.

Suddenly they heard growling and barking. "What is that?" said the Country Mouse. "It is only the dogs of the house," answered the other. "Only!" said the Country Mouse. "I do not like that music at my dinner." Just at that moment the door flew open, in came two huge mastiffs, and the two mice had to scamper down and run off. "Good-bye, Cousin," said the Country Mouse, "What! going so soon?" said the other. "Yes," he replied;

"Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear."

Vocabulary
mouse beans bacon
cheese bread jelly
must debes
know saber
town ciudad
mouse ratón. Para aprender los animales en inglés, ver Animals.
once upon a time érase una vez
went fue
cousin primo/a
country campo
rough and ready tosco pero honrado
heartily cordialmente
welcome bienvenido
beans alubias, frijoles
bacon beicon, tocino
cheese queso. Para aprender las comidas, ver Food.
bread pan
freely libremente
rather más bien
turned up his long nose le hizo ascos
fare comida
I cannot no puedo
understand entender
put up with soportar
such semejante
expect esperar
better mejor
I will show mostraré
live vivir
wonder preguntarse
stood soportado
life vida
no sooner said than done dicho y hecho
mice ratones (plural)
set off partieron
late tarde
journey viaje
polite amable
remains restos
feast banquete
jellies mermeladas
suddenly de repente
growling gruñidos
barking ladridos
dogs perros
answered respondió
just at that moment justo en ese momento
flew open se abrió rápidamente
in came entraron
huge enormes
mastiffs mastines (raza de perro)
scamper down corretear
run off escaparse corriendo
better mejor
peace paz
ale cerveza tipo ale
in fear con miedo

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