Cat and Mouse in Partnership

Author: Brothers Grimm

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Cat and Mouse in Partnership is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm in «Grimms' Fairy Tales (no. 2)».

A shorter version of the tale was included in the Brothers Grimm manuscript collection of 1808 and published in the first edition of «Children's and Household Tales» in 1812. Its version is based on an oral tradition told by Gretchen Wild (1787-1819) in Kassel.

A cat and a mouse, contrary to the custom of their species, become friends, so good friends that they decide to share a house. In order to have something to fall back on in times of need, they buy a pot of fat and hide it in a corner of the church for safekeeping. But everything is ruined when the cat betrays the mouse's trust.


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