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Cloze Fable - The Mouse and the Frog - Aesop

The Mouse and the Frog This is an English translation of a fable by Aesop: La Rana e il Topo.
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bank= riva -- barn= granaio -- bath= bagno -- blade= filo -- busy= occupato -- cannot= non puoi -- carried= portata -- cried out= gridò -- fastened= attaccò -- field= campo -- foolish= sciocco -- found= trovò -- fun= divertimento -- get free= liberarsi -- gone= andati -- grinned= sogghignò -- hawk= falco -- health= salute -- heard= sentirono -- hind= posteriori -- holiday= vacanza -- hope= spero -- jumped= saltò -- laughed= rideva -- leaped= saltava -- little= poco -- lives= vita -- lose= perdere -- mean= meschino -- met= si incontrarono -- noticed= notato -- plenty of= molto -- replied= rispose -- since= da -- spending= passare -- stopped= si fermarono -- surely= certamente -- swooped= piombò -- tie= legare -- together= insieme -- toward= verso -- walking= a passeggiare -- water= acqua -- went= andarono -- will make= farà -- would do= farebbe -- would suit= starebbe
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A frog, while out one day, saw a mouse coming him. "There is that mouse," said he. "I will play a good joke on him," and he as he thought how much he would have.

As they , the frog said, "Good morning, Sir Mouse; I I find you well today."

"Very well," the mouse. "How are you?"

"My is not very good, so I have taken a . If you are not , what do you say to our the day together?"

"Good!" answered the mouse. "I have to do and nothing me better." So they started off .

They had not far when the frog said, "Let me one of your front feet to one of my legs, so that I may not you."
"All right," replied the mouse. "We shall be fast friends then."

So the frog took a of grass and one of the mouse's front feet to one of his hind legs. When the frog , the mouse tumbled after. Then they and had a big laugh; it was very funny.

They first to an oat field, where the frog many insects, and the mouse grain. Beyond this there was a pond. The frog had been going toward this pond all of the time, but the mouse had not it. They were soon on its .

When the mouse saw the pond he , "Oh, you know I do not like the , Mr. Frog. Let us go to the ."

"Nothing you so much good as a cool on this hot day. You have never taken one, so you know how good it you feel," and the frog into the water. The mouse tried to , but the frog only .

A , looking down, saw the mouse and down upon it. Since the frog was fastened to the mouse, he too was off, and both lost their .

When the other frogs of what had happened, they said, "Served him right. " and no frog that time has ever played a joke.
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A frog, while out walking one day, saw a mouse coming toward him. "There is that foolish mouse," said he. "I will play a good joke on him," and he grinned as he thought how much fun he would have.

As they met, the frog said, "Good morning, Sir Mouse; I hope I find you well today."

"Very well," replied the mouse. "How are you?"

"My health is not very good, so I have taken a holiday. If you are not busy, what do you say to our spending the day together?"

"Good!" answered the mouse. "I have little to do and nothing would suit me better." So they started off together.

They had not gone far when the frog said, "Let me tie one of your front feet to one of my hind legs, so that I may not lose you."
"All right," replied the mouse. "We shall surely be fast friends then."

So the frog took a blade of grass and fastened one of the mouse's front feet to one of his hind legs. When the frog leaped, the mouse tumbled after. Then they stopped and had a big laugh; it was very funny.

They first went to an oat field, where the frog found many insects, and the mouse plenty of grain. Beyond this field there was a pond. The frog had been going toward this pond all of the time, but the mouse had not noticed it. They were soon on its bank.
When the mouse saw the pond he cried out, "Oh, you know I do not like the water, Mr. Frog. Let us go to the barn."

"Nothing would do you so much good as a cool bath on this hot day. You have never taken one, so you cannot know how good it will make you feel," and the frog jumped into the water. The mouse tried to get free, but the frog only laughed.

A hawk, looking down, saw the mouse and swooped down upon it. Since the frog was fastened to the mouse, he too was carried off, and both lost their lives.

When the other frogs heard of what had happened, they said, "Served him right. " and no frog since that time has ever played a mean joke.