And then they scampered in all directions, for Toto had awakened from his sleep, and seeing all these mice around him he gave one bark of delight and jumped right into the middle of the group.
But the Tin Woodman caught the dog in his arms and held him tight, while he called to the mice, "Come back
At this the Queen of the Mice stuck her head out from underneath a clump of grass and asked, in a timid voice, "Are you sure he will not bite us?
For the Tin Woodman had once saved her life, and the Queen of the Field Mice knew he was to be trusted.
The Queen uttered a little piping call, and in an instant a dozen pretty field mice had emerged from their holes and stood before their ruler, awaiting her orders.
What the Queen said to them none of our travelers could understand, for it was in the mouse language; but the field mice obeyed without hesitation, running one after the other to the Scarecrow and hiding themselves in the straw of his breast.
Long ago, the mice
had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat.
eat bumble-bees and cats eat mice
and old maids keep cats.
And then he told all about his youth; and the little Mice had never heard the like before; and they listened and said,
Oh," said the little Mice, "how fortunate you have been, old Fir Tree
The gentleman, dressed, as usual, in his blouse and straw hat, carried the gay little pagoda-cage, with his darling white mice in it, and smiled on them, and on us, with a bland amiability which it was impossible to resist.
He put the pagoda-cage on his lap, and let out the mice to crawl over him as usual.