BELLING THE CAT
Saturday, February 09, 2013
LONG AGO, THE MICE HELP A GENERAL COUNCIL TO CONSIDER WHAT MEASURES THEY COULD TAKE TO OUTWIT THEIR COMMON ENEMY, THE CAT. SOME SAID THIS, AND SOME SAID THAT; BUT AT LAST A YOUNG MOUSE GOT UP AND SAID HE HAD A PROPOSAL TO MAKE, WHICH HE THOUGH WOULD MEET THE CASE.
"YOU WILL ALL AGREE," SAID HE, "THAT OUR CHIEF DANGER CONSISTS IN THE SLY AND TREACHEROUS MANNER IN WHICH THE ENEMY APPROACHES US. NOW, IF WE COULD RECEIVE SOME SIGNAL OF HER APPROACH, WE COULD EASILY ESCAPE FROM HER. I VENTURE THEREFORE, TO PROPOSE THAT A SMALL BELL BE PROCURED, AND ATTACHED BY A RIBBON ROUND THE NECK OF THE CAT. BY THIS MEANS WE COULD ALWAYS KNOW WHEN SHE WAS ABOUT, AND COULD EASILY RETIRE WHILE SHE WAS IN the NEIGHBORHOOD."
THIS PROPOSAL MET WITH GENERAL APPLAUSE, UNTIL AN OLD MOUSE GOT UP AND SAID, "THAT IS ALL VERY WELL, BUT WHO IS TO BELL THE CAT?"
THE MICE LOOKED AT ONE ANOTHER AND NOBODY SPOKE. THEN THE OLD MOUSE SAID, "IT IS EASY TO PROPOSE IMPOSSIBLE REMEDIES."
How true this is, we all have to have a means for a proposal.