The Bull and the Mouse


A bull was bitten by a mouse and pained by the wound, tried to capture her. But the mouse reached her hole in safety, and the bull dug into the walls with his horns until weary, he crouched down and slept by the hole. The mouse peeping out, crept up his flank and again biting him, went back into her hole. The bull rising up and not knowing what to do, was sadly perplexed. The mouse murmured, "The great do not always triumph. There are times when the small and lowly are the strong ones in causing harm and vexation."