The Mice once called
a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves of their enemy, the
Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was
coming, so they might have time to run away. Indeed, something had to be
done, for they lived in such constant fear of her claws that they hardly
dared stir from their dens by night or day.
Many plans were
discussed, but none of them was thought good enough. At last a very
young Mouse got up and said:
"I have a plan
that seems very simple, but I know it will be successful. All we have to
do is to hang a bell about the Cat's neck. When we hear the bell ringing
we will know immediately that our enemy is coming."
All the Mice were
much surprised that they had not thought of such a plan before. But in
the midst of the rejoicing over their good fortune, an old Mouse arose
"I will say
that the plan of the young Mouse is very good. But let me ask one
question: Who will bell the Cat?"
one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a
different matter to do it.