Enjoy Simple English 2019/5/7-2
Wisdom from the West古典が語る西洋の知恵
Belling the cat猫に鈴をつける-2
The Leader continued to speak excitedly “If we know the cat is not nearby, we don’t have to be so quiet and stay inside all the time. Then, we can live free from fear.” All the mice agreed and moved their small heads up and down. One Mouse asked, “That sounds wonderful. But how can we know? The Cat doesn’t make a sound when it moves.” The Leader answered in a strong voice. “It’s very easy. We can put a bell around the cat’s neck. Then, the bell ring when the cat moves. So, we will know if it’s coming near us.”
The mice clapped their hands and cheered for their Leader. The small mouse said, “It is so simple. Why didn’t we think of that before?” Then, an old mouse stood up and spoke quietly “I think that our Leader’s plan is a very good one. But I have a question, too. Who will put the bell on the cat?” All the mice suddenly became quiet. The idea was great, but no one wanted to put a bell on the cat. It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it.