The Cat and the Mice
A cerrtain house was overrun with Mice. A Cat, discovering this, made her way into it and began to catch and eat them one by one. Fearing for their lives, the Mice kept themselves close in their holes.
The Cat was no longer able to get at them and perceived that she must tempt them forth by some device. For this purpose she jumped upon a peg, and suspending herself from it, pretended…. to be dead.
One of the Mice, peeping out, saw her and said, “Ah, my good madam, even though you should turn into a meal-bag, we will not come near you.”
He, who is once deceived is doubly cautious