Miss Moppet and Mouse

THE STORY OF MISS MOPPET

by

Beatrix Potter


This is a Pussy called Miss Moppet,
she thinks she has heard a mouse!

Miss Moppet
Mouse

This is the Mouse peeping out behind the cupboard,
and making fun of Miss Moppet.
He is not afraid of a kitten.

This is Miss Moppet jumping just too late;
she misses the Mouse and hits her own head.

Miss MoppetThis is Miss Moppet jumping just too late.
She thinks it is a very hard cupboard!

She thinks it is a very hard cupboard!

The Mouse watches Miss Moppet from the top of the cupboard.

The Mouse watches Miss Moppet from the top of the cupboard.
Miss Moppet ties up her 
         head in a duster, and sits before the fire.

Miss Moppet ties up her head in a duster,
and sits before the fire.

The Mouse thinks she is looking very ill.
He comes sliding down the bell-pull.

Mouse comes sliding down the bell-pull.
The Mouse comes a little nearer.

Miss Moppet looks worse and worse.
The Mouse comes a little nearer.

Miss Moppet holds her poor head in her paws,
and looks at him through a hole in the duster.
The Mouse comes very close.

Miss Moppet holds her poor head in her paws, and looks at 
         him through a hole in the duster.
Miss Moppet thinks she will tease the Mouse.

And then all of a sudden—Miss Moppet jumps upon the Mouse!

And because the Mouse has teased Miss Moppet—
Miss Moppet thinks she will tease the Mouse;
which is not at all nice of Miss Moppet.

She ties him up in the duster...
...and tosses it about like a ball.

She ties him up in the duster,
and tosses it about like a ball.

But she forgot about that hole in the duster;
and when she untied it—there was no Mouse!

But she forgot about that hole in the duster.
He has 
            wriggled out and run away; and he is dancing a jig on the top 
           of the cupboard!

He has wriggled out and run away;
and he is dancing a jig on the top of the cupboard!

THE END