Of mice and men

by Andrea Elizabeth

There is an old folk tale told in many countries about a mouse’s quest for the most powerful husband for his daughter. The sun is the first prospect, but he says a cloud is more powerful because he can make him invisible. The cloud says the wind can blow him away. The wind says that man’s walls can hold him back. But the wall says a mouse’s holes more powerfully undermine him. Therefore she marries one of her own kind.

Most argue, with Greek philosophical authority, that a man is the strongest of the human species. However a woman’s smile and tears can alter his course. Likewise, a child’s laughter and cry can make a woman forsake all. These have to do with internal forces. There are some who cannot feel these forces, and may seem strong against them, but that, like leprosy which causes numbness and eventual amputation, is unnatural.

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