Righteous Mouse: A Tale of Courage and Determination

Read the inspiring story of a courageous mouse who stood up to a snake, showcasing determination and bravery in the face of danger.

When Yang Tianyi spoke, he recalled witnessing two old mice emerging from a hole. One of them was swallowed by a snake, while the other had its eyes bulging like round peppercorns, appearing extremely resentful but keeping its distance, not daring to approach. After the snake had filled its belly, it slithered back into the cave. Just as the snake was halfway inside, the other mouse quickly rushed forward and bit the snake’s tail with great force. The snake became enraged and retreated from the hole. The mouse was naturally nimble and agile, so when it saw the snake coming out, it immediately darted away. Unable to catch the mouse, the snake returned to its original spot. As it was about to enter the hole, the mouse returned once again, still biting the snake’s tail as before. Whenever the snake went into the hole, the mouse would come to bite it, and when the snake came out of the hole, the mouse would flee. In this way, the two sides battled for a long time. Ultimately, the snake had no choice but to come out of the hole and spit the dead mouse onto the ground. The other mouse approached, sniffed for a while, made mournful “cheep cheep” sounds, as if mourning, and then carried the dead mouse away. My friend Zhang Liyou wrote a piece called “Righteous Mouse’s Deed” about this incident.

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杨天一言:见二鼠出,其一为蛇所吞,其一瞪目如椒,似甚恨怒,然遥望不敢前。蛇果腹,蜿蜒入穴。方将过半,鼠奔来,力嚼其尾。蛇怒,退身出。鼠故便捷,欻然遁去。蛇追不及而返。及入穴,鼠又来,嚼如前状。蛇入则来,蛇出则往,如是者久。蛇出,吐死鼠于地上。鼠来嗅之,啾啾如悼息,衔之而去。友人张历友为作《义鼠行》。

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