chapter  XL
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The hypocritical cat.1

IN long-past times there was a chieftain of a company of mice who had a retinue of five hundred mice. And there was also a cat named Agnija. In his youth he had been wont to kill all the mice in the neighbourhood of his dwelling-place. But afterwards, when he had grown old, and no longer had the power of catching mice, he thought: " In former times, when I was young, I was able to catch mice by force: But now that I can do so no more, I must use some trick in order to make a meal off them." So he began to watch the mice hy stealth. By means of such watching he found out that there were five hundred mice in the troop.