#FairytaleTuesday: The Companionship of the Cat and Mouse

Aarne-Thompson-Uther Index type 15: Stealing the Partner’s Butter
[CW: animal-on-animal violence]

I was unable to find out how old this particular story may be. The only thing I could find is that it was an oral tradition that was told to the Grimm brothers by Gretchen Wild sometime before 1808.

“Oh!” said the mouse. “Now I know what’s happened! It’s as clear as day. You ate it all up when you went to serve as godfather. First the skin, then half, then . . .”

“Shut up!” yelled the cat. “One more word, and I’ll eat you up!” “

All gone” was already on the tip of the poor mouse’s tongue. No sooner did she say it than the cat jumped on her and swallowed her in one gulp.

Grimm, Jacob; Grimm, Wilhelm. The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition (p. 17). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.
Artist and Date Unknown
Gris Grimley, 2019
Yann Legendre, Date Unknown

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