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Cloze Fable - The Mouse and the Lion - Aesop

The Mouse and the LionThis is an English translation of a fable by Aesop: Il Leone e il Topolino.
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at last= finalmente -- awakened= svegliò -- carry= portare -- caught= catturato -- fellow= tipo -- gnawing= rosicchiare -- hard= molto -- heard= sentì -- hunters= cacciatori -- joke= battuta -- kindness= gentilezza -- laugh= ridere -- lifted= sollevò -- loud= forte -- one day= un giorno -- paw= zampa -- perhaps= forse -- quiet=calmo -- ran= si mise a correre -- roared= ruggì -- scampered= sgambettò -- shook= tremava -- sometime= un giorno -- squealed= strillò -- swallow= ingoiare -- this= ciò -- tied= legato -- time= volta -- trouble= disturberò -- waking= svegliando -- while= mentre -- when= quando -- will see= vedrò
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A lion was sleeping when a little mouse came along and up and down over his face. This the lion and made him very angry. He put his over the mouse and said, "What do you mean by me? You shall pay for this," and he opened his big mouth to the mouse.

"Oh, do not kill me, Mr. Lion!" the mouse. "I did not mean to wake you. Do let me go and I will never you again." "No, I will not let you go," the lion. "Please do," cried the frightened mouse. "If you will let me go I can do something for you ."

made the lion . "You do something for ME," he said. "What a ! Well, you are such a little that I will let you go this , but never let me see you about here again," and he his paw. As the little mouse off, he said, "Thank you, Mr Lion, I shall not forget your ."

Some time after this the lion was in a trap. The tied him to a tree they went to get a wagon to him away.

The lion roared so that the ground . The little mouse him. "That lion is in trouble," he said. "I what I can do to help him," and he ran to the lion.

the mouse saw that the lion was with ropes, he said, "Cheer up, Mr. Lion. Be and I will set you free," and he began the ropes. He worked long and and the lion was free.
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A lion was sleeping one day when a little mouse came along and ran up and down over his face. This awakened the lion and made him very angry. He put his paw over the mouse and said, "What do you mean by waking me? You shall pay for this," and he opened his big mouth to swallow the mouse.

"Oh, do not kill me, Mr. Lion!" squealed the mouse. "I did not mean to wake you. Do let me go and I will never trouble you again." "No, I will not let you go," roared the lion. "Please do," cried the frightened mouse. "If you will let me go perhaps I can do something for you sometime."

This made the lion laugh. "You do something for ME," he said. "What a joke! Well, you are such a little fellow that I will let you go this time, but never let me see you about here again," and he lifted his paw. As the little mouse scampered off, he said, "Thank you, Mr Lion, I shall not forget your kindness."

Some time after this the lion was caught in a trap. The hunters tied him to a tree while they went to get a wagon to carry him away. The lion roared so loud that the ground shook. The little mouse heard him. "That lion is in trouble," he said. "I will see what I can do to help him," and he ran to the lion.

When the mouse saw that the lion was tied with ropes, he said, "Cheer up, Mr. Lion. Be quiet and I will set you free," and he began gnawing the ropes. He worked long and hard and at last the lion was free.