ONCE upon a time a mouse, a bird, and a sausage took it into their heads to keep house together :
PPPand to be sure they managed to live for a long time very comfortably and happily;
PPPand beside that added a great deal to their store, so as to become very rich.
PPPIt was the birds business to fly every day into the forest and bring wood;
PPPthe mouse had to carry the water, to make the fire, and lay the cloth for dinner;
PPPbut the sausage was cook to the household.
He who is too well off often begins to be lazy and to long for something fresh.
PPPNow it happened one day that our bird met with one of his friends, to whom he boasted greatly of his good plight.
PPPBut the other bird laughed at him for a poor fool, who worked hard, whilst the two at home had an easy job of it:
PPPfor when the mouse had made her fire and fetched the water, she went and laid down in her own little room till she was called to lay the cloth;
PPPand the sausage sat by the pot, and had nothing to do but to see that the food was well cooked;
PPPand when it was meal time, had only to butter, salt, and get it ready to eat, which it could do in a minute.
PPPThe bird flew borne, and having laid his burden on the ground, they all sat down to table, and after they had made their meal slept soundly until the next morning.
PPPCould any life be more glorious than this?
The next day the bird, who had been told what to do by his friend, would not go into the forest, saying, he had waited on them, and been made a fool of long enough;
PPPthey should change about, and take their turns at the work.
PPPAlthough the mouse and the sausage begged hard that things might go on as they were, the bird carried the day.
PPPSo they cast lots, and the lot fell upon the sausage to fetch wood, while the mouse was to be cook, and the bird was to bring the water.
What happened by thus taking people from their proper work?
PPPThe sausage set out towards the wood, the little bird made a fire, the mouse set on the pot, and only waited for the sausage to come home and bring wood for the next day.
PPPBut the sausage kept away so long that they both thought something must have happened to him, and the bird flew out a little way to look out for him;
PPPbut not far off he found a dog in the road, who said be had met with a poor little sausage, and taking him for fair prey, had laid hold of him and knocked him down.
PPPThe bird made a charge against the dog of open robbery and murder;
PPPbut words were of no use, for the dog said, he found the sausage out of its proper work, and under false colours;
PPPand so be was taken for a spy and lost his life.
PPPThe little bird took up the wood very sorrowfully, and went home and told what he had seen and beard.
PPPThe mouse and he were very much grieved, but agreed to do their best and keep together.
The little bird undertook to spread the table, and the mouse got ready the dinner;
PPPbut when she went to dish it up, she fell into the pot and was drowned.
PPPWhen the bird came into the kitchen and wanted the dinner to put upon the table, no cook was to be seen;
PPPso he threw the wood about here, there, and every where, and called and sought on all sides, but still could not find the cook.
PPPMeantime the fire fell upon the wood and set it on fire;
PPPthe bird hastened away to get water, but his bucket fell into the well, and he after it;
PPPand so ends the story of this clever family.