AP State Syllabus AP Board 7th Class English Textbook Solutions Chapter 1A The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Textbook Questions and Answers.
AP State Syllabus 7th Class English Solutions Chapter 1A The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
7th Class English Chapter 1A The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Textbook Questions and Answers
Look at these two pictures and answer the questions that follow.
Write the differences you notice between the things you see in the two pictures.
i) Picture-1 is the scenery of a village life.
Picture-2 is the scene of a city life.
ii) In the village we can see thatched houses.
But in the city we can see tall, multi-storeyed buildings.
iii) In the village we can see farmers, bullocks, cows and bullock carts.
But in cities we can see a lot of buses, cars and two-wheelers.
iv) The village is surrounded by beautiful fields and hills.
But the cities are surrounded by industries and workshops besides slums.
v) Villages are calm and peaceful but the cities are noisy because of heavy traffic and . industries.
Where would you like to live, in a town or in a village?
I would like to live in a village.
Where do you think life is peaceful? Why?
Life is peaceful in villages. The village is calm, beautiful and peaceful. It is surrounded by
pastures and fields. The people living there have cordial relations with each other.
Do animals feel the same like you?
Yes. Animals also feel that life is peaceful in villages.
I. Answer the following questions.
Why did the town mouse want to go to the countryside?
The town mouse wanted to go to the countryside because he had been ill with a cough and his doctor had advised him to spend a week in the countryside.
Describe the town mouse’s experience at the countryside.
At the countryside, the town mouse had to drink coconut water instead of orange juice or lemonade. He did not enjoy his dinner as it consisted of the root and the sugarcane. There he had to sleep on the hard, cold ground. It was so quiet at the countryside. He felt the country a strange place. He did not like it.
What differences do you find between the country and the town?
The town is full of noises. Lights are on all the time. Artificial food, cool drinks, air conditioning etc., are common. The village is quiet where clear water, fresh air and raw food greet everyone.
How can you say that the town mouse could not enjoy the dinner offered by the country mouse?
The town mouse did not enjoy his dinner as it consisted of only the root and the sugarcane, instead of bread and jam, different kinds of fruit and slabs of chocolate.
What would happen if the person who opened the cupboard found any of the mice?
If the person who opened the cupboard found any of the mice, the mouse that was found would be caught and killed.
Why did the town mouse travel in an ordinary train?
The town mouse travelled to the countryside in an ordinary train because there was no air- conditioned coach.
Why did the country mouse go back to his house in the country?
The country mouse went back to his house in the country because the town was noisy and polluted. He wanted to eat in peace but could not find that in the town.
How can you say the town mouse was not comfortable in the country?
The town mouse came to the village for rest for a week. But he went back to the town the very next day. This clearly shows that the town mouse was uncomfortable in the village.
How are the streets of a town different from those of a village?
There was heavy traffic of cars, buses and lorries in the streets of a town and so they were noisy and polluted. No such traffic was seen in the streets of a village and so they were quiet and unpolluted. Unlike the streets of a village, the streets of a town had many lights even in the middle of the night.
Describe the lifestyle of the country mouse in two or three sentences.
The country mouse lived in a hole in a field of a village. He was in the habit of taking raw food such as roots, sugar-cane and fresh water. He lived in a peaceful and natural way.
“The town mouse and the country mouse did not visit each other again.” Why ? Give reasons for your answer.
The town mouse did not visit the country mouse again because the country was so quiet and he had to eat only raw food there.
The country mouse did not visit the town mouse again because there the streets were noisy with the traffic of buses, lorries and cars. He could not get raw food there. He could not even eat in peace, there.
II. Choose the best answer from the choices given to complete each sentence.
1. The town mouse and the country mouse are ….
2. The house of the town mouse was ….
a) a field in a village
b) a building in a village
c) a kitchen cupboard in a town
3. The house of the town mouse was ….
a) full of most delicious food
b) full of sugar-canes and roots
c) full of coconut water
4. At the end of the story, the country mouse ….
a) went back to his country
b) stayed in the town
c) visited the town mouse
III. Say whether the following statements are TRUE/FALSE. Correct the wrong statements.
1. The country mouse lives in a town. ( )
2. The town mouse feels very comfortable in the train. ( )
3. It was hot when the town mouse travelled to the countryside. ( )
4. The town mouse liked to eat cooked food. ( )
5. There are more lights, cars and lorries in the town than in the’village. ( )
I. The following sentences are from your lesson. Read them carefully and tick (✓) the correct meaning of the underlined word in each sentence.
1. He has asked me to spend a week in the countryside. [ ]
(a) a land with towns and cities.
(b) a neighbouring country.
(c) a land outside towns and cities with fields, woods etc.
2. The town mouse packed his bags. [ ]
(a) put something in a container so that it can be stored
(b) put clothes etc., into a bag in preparation for a trip away from home
(c) put expensive things in a bag so as to keep them safe
3. The day was bright and sunnv. [ ]
(a) with a lot of bright light from the sun
(b) with a cool wind from the east
(c) without rain
4. He nibbled at the root and the sugar-cane. [ ]
(a) took a large quantity of food
(b) took a small quantity of food showing a slight interest
(c) took food with a great interest
5. The country mouse arrived in town. [ ]
(a) left for a place (b) got to a place (c) left a place
1. c (✓)
2. b (✓)
3. a (✓)
4. b (✓)
5. b (✓)
II. Fill in the blanks using appropriate words/phrases given below.
Rambabu started his journey to his grandfather’s village in Prakasam District. He caught a train to reach the village. The train arrived at the station. At that time, he was hungry and thirsty. As soon as he —1— the train, he wanted to drink and eat something. So he —2— but found nothing to eat and drink. He started walking towards his grandfather’s house. On the way, he found a shop which was —3— cool drinks. He had —4— money. So he bought a cool drink and a —5— bread.
1) got off,
2) looked around,
3) full of,
4) plenty of,
5) piece of
III. Read the following sentence from your lesson and identify the underlined expression.
He nibbled at the root and the sugar-cane. The expression sugar-cane is a compound noun. It is a combination of two nouns.
sugar + cane – sugar-cane
Now read your lesson and pick out at least two compound nouns.
cupboard, coconut water, Mouse Town, Country Mouse
Let’s form some compound nouns now.
Join each word in column-A with a suitable word in column-B to form Compound Nouns. The first one is done for you.
I. Read the following sentences and notice the underlined words.
It’s always quiet in the country, Sometimes it is quieter than today. My grandfather says that our village is the quietest among all the villages in our district.
The underlined words are adjectives. But they are in different degrees of comparison. The first one is in positive degree: The second and the third are in comparative and superlative degrees respectively.
Positive Degree Comparative Degree Superlative Degree
quiet quieter quietest
Here is a list of adjectives. Write the other degrees of them. The first one is done for you. (Use a dictionary and check your work.)
Note: Usually short words take ‘er’ and ‘est’ as suffixes to form other degrees.
Note: Words with two or more than two syllables take ‘more’ and ‘most’ respectively in comparative degree and superlative degree.
Note: Unlike the above, some words change completely in other degrees.
Read the following sentence from your lesson and notice the underlined word.
May I stay with you?
The underlined word ‘may’ is a helping verb. It is used to take or give permission in a formal
But ‘can’ is used to take or give permission in an informal way.
- Can I leave this place? ( Taking permission)
- You can go now. ( Giving permission)
‘May’ has another use also. It is used to express possibility, e.g. It may rain today.
1. May I + bare infinitive is used to ask for permissions,
e.g.: May I stay with you?
May I use your cell phone?
May I leave the class earl ?
2. Can I + bare infinitive (V1) is used to ask for permissions,
e.g.: Can I leave this place?
Can I take leave of you?
Can I use your cell phone?
3. You + may / can + bare infinitive (V1) is used to give permissions,
1) You may go now.
2) You may use my cell phone.
3) You may take my umbrella.
4) You can go now.
5) You can use my scooter.
6) You can lend my notebook.
4. May is used to express possibility.
1) It may rain today.
2) He may come tomorrow.
3) She may attend the party.
I. Read the following sentences and say what they mean. Choose the right answer from the choices given:
1. May I come in, sir? ( )
a) aiving permission
b) taking permission
c) expiring the possibility
2. Sindhu may come to India next month. ( )
a) giving permission
b) taking permission
c) expressing the possibility
3. You may use my cell phone if you need. ( )
a) giving permission
b) taking permission
c) expressing the possibility
4. Can I take leave of you? ( )
a) taking permission in a formal way
b) taking permission in an informal way
c) expressing the possibility
5. The dog may attack you if you run. ( )
a) giving permission
b) taking permission
c) expressing the possibility
II. Rewrite the following sentences as directed.
1. The boy seems to cry if you do not buy an ice-cream for him. (Express this using ‘may’)
The boy may cry, if you do not buy an ice-cream for him.
2. You can use my camera if you need. (Give permission using ‘may’)
You may use my camera if you need.
3. He seems to be a nice man. (Express this possibility using ‘may’)
He may be a nice man.
4. You want to leave the class now.
May I leave the class, now? (Take permission using ‘may’)
5. Raju wants to use your water bottle. (Give permission using ‘may’)
You may use my water bottle, if you need.
III. Read the following sentence from your lesson.
I wish there was an air-conditioned coach.
The above sentence expresses unreal past.
We use “ wish + subject + past tense” to express unreal past. This sentence means …. 1 am sorry there is no air-conditioned coach.
Some more examples:
1) I wish I had wings. (This means that I am sorry I don’t have wings.)
2) I wish I were a bird.
3) I wish I were the Prime Minister.
4) I wish 1 had a car.
Now express the wishes of the people mentioned below using unreal past (wish + subject + past tense). The first one is done for you.
1. Sindhu has missed her school bus. She has to go to school urgently. She wishes to have a car. How would Sindu express her wish?
I wish I had a car.
2. Anita wants to abolish the system of exams. She wishes to be the Prime Minister. How would Anita express her wish?
I wish I were the Prime Minister.
3. Srinu’s father has a car. He wishes to drive that car. But he doesn’t know how to drive a car. How would Srinu express his wish?
I wish my father/I knew how to drive a car.
4. Sharmila wants to play tennis. But she doesn’t have a tennis racket. How would Sharmila express her wish?
I wish I had a tennis racket.
5. Mahendra wants to get first rank in the class. But he can’t. How would Mahendra express his wish?
I wish I got first rank in the class.
I. Write a letter to your friend inviting him/her to your village to spend summer holidays. Write about your family and the places where you will take him/her.
75 – Tyallur,
April 18, 20xx.
My dear Guruvardhan,
I am fine and pink in health. I am doing well in my examinations. I do hope the same with you, there.
You know, our summer holidays begin on April 24. I cordially invite you to my village to spend summer holidays with me, at least for a fortnight. All the members of our family are friendly and affectionate. They treat you as one of us. You also have asked me to write to you a letter, inviting you to my house for the summer vacation. If you come over here, I can show you the beautiful locations in and around our village which you will certainly enjoy well. Besides, I can take you to Amaravathi where you can see the Amaravathi museum, the huge statue of Lord Buddha. We can also have a holy dip in the river Krishna and visit the temple of Lord Amaralingeswara.
I shall make your stay enjoyable here. Please intimate me the day when you leave for my village so that I can receive you.
Kindly express my regards to your parents and best wishes to your younger sister.
Address on the envelope:
II. Imagine you were the town mouse/ country mouse and write a paragraph describing your visit.
I am a town mouse. I was born there and I spent all my life in the same town. Recently I suffered badly from cough. The doctor advised me to spend a week or two in the countryside. So I wrote a letter to my cousin who lives in a village, expressing my desire to spend a week in his village. He was very happy and invited me to his village with great pleasure. Immediately after receiving the letter I went to the village. He received me at the station. There it was very hot indeed. I was very much thirsty. I asked him for a cool drink or a lemonade. But he offered me coconut water. At dinner he offered me raw roots and sugarcane. In my town 1 usually take delicious foods such as bread and jam; cheese, and different kinds of fruits. I didn’t like the food offered to me by him. At night I had to sleep on cold and hard ground. The life at the village is very different from that of the town. There is no glitter of lights. There are no buses, cars and even two wheelers. It appears very dull when compared to the city life. There was no ready food. I had to go to nearby farms in search of food. 1 felt the village life dreadful and unpleasant. I cannot accustom with the hardships of the village life system. So I came back to the town the very next day. And I never visited the village again in my life. I thought that the city, in which I live, is the heaven on this earth.
I am a country mouse. I live in the countryside. On receiving an invitation from my cousin, the town mouse, I went to his town. His house was at the back of a kitchen cupboard. There he received me warmly. But my head began to ache because of the noise caused by ’ the traffic of cars, buses and lorries, running in the streets of the town. They also cause air-pollution. I was also surprised to see the lights even in the middle of the night. On my asking, my cousin replied that it was common in towns. I wanted to drink some water and eat raw food like the root and the sugar-cane. But my cousin offered me ice-cold orange juice to drink. He also offered me bread and jam, different kinds of fruit and slabs of chocolate. But I could not eat any in peace because he pushed me out through a hole when somebody was opening the cupboard door. On the whole, it was not a pleasant experience and I decided not to visit the town again.
I. Study the table given below and observe the changing patterns of unemployment in some advanced countries. Answer the questions that follow.
1. How many countries are compared in the given table?
2. What period does the table represent?
The period from 2000 to 2006.
3. Which country has the least unemployment rate in 2005?
4. Which country has a decrease of nearly 6% in unemployment rate between 2000 and 2006?
5. In the case of every country we can notice that (Choose the correct answer.)
(a) The unemployment rate is steadily increasing.
(b) The unemployment rate is steadily decreasing.
(c) The unemployment rate is fluctuating, i.e. sometimes it rises and sometimes it falls.
(c) The unemployment rate is fluctuating i.e., sometimes it rises and sometimes it falls.
6. Which year recorded the highest unemployment rate for many countries?
The year 2000.
7. Which country recorded the least fluctuations in the unemployment rate?
The U.K. recorded the least fluctuations.
Listening and Speaking
I. An old student of your school visits your school. Your teacher introduces her to your class like this. (Now the teacher has to read the following information.)
My dear students! Look, who is here! This is Kumari Nithya. I am very happy to introduce her to you. She was my student; I mean, a student of this school. You know, she is now working as a software engineer in a big company. When I remember Nithya, I see a pretty little girl with two plaits sitting in the first row eagerly waiting for a chance to speak. She would answer any question at the drop of a hat.
When I talked to others, she would become restless and went on saying ma’am, ma’am, thrusting her hand into air. No wonder she passed S.S.C. in first class and scored more than 550 marks. I hope you have seen her name in our H.M.’s room, haven’t you?
Going by her marks, don’t think she is just a bookworm. She did equally well in sports and games. She led our school kabaddi team to state level competitions. There are many other things that I would like to share with you, but I’m leaving them, especially the naughty things, for her to share with you.
Now Nithya will address you. Nithya …. !
Imagine that your eldest brother has come to your school. Introduce him to your class and your teachers.
Respected teachers ! My dear friends ! I think the person standing by my side is known to many of the teachers, here. This is Hanuman. I am very happy to introduce him to you. He is my eldest brother. He was a student of this school. He is, now, doing his engineering.
He is sharp right from the start. He has passed S.S.C. and scored more than 570 marks. I hope you have seen his name in our H.M.’s room, haven’t you? But don’t think, he is just a bookworm. He has done equally well in sports and games. If you want to know some more about him, you can talk to him. Thank you all, for giving me this opportunity.
II. Listen to the conversation between Sulochana and Madhavi.
Sulochana: Hi! Madhavi, welcome to city. How are you?
Madhavi: I am fine. Thank you. I-low about you?
Sulochana: Pretty well. Why are you waiting outside? Come in. When did you return from your village?
Madhavi: Just this morning.
Sulochana: How was Pongal?
Madhavl: It was great fun. I really enjoyed every moment in the village. I wish I could spend some more time there.
Sulochana: Oh! Did the village life impress you so much?
Madhavi: Yes, it was wonderful.
Sulochana: What fascinated you so much there?
Madhavi: Well ! It was pollution free. Fresh air, fresh water, clear sky… and what not?
Sulochana: Was there anything else?
Madhavi: Yes, I liked the green fields, strange birds, sheep, cows, bulls etc.
Sulochana: Oh! That’s interesting. Why don’t yàu take me with you the next time you go to your village?
Now work in pairs and talk about your experience of living in a town/village.
Seeta: Hi, Lata! When did you return from the village?
Lata: Hi, Seeta! I came back yesterday. It was a memorable experience.
Seeta: What impressed you so much?
Lata: Everything in the village. Absolute peace, green fields, clean water, fresh air, innocent villagers and what not?
Seeta: You are carried away by your stay there it seems!
Latha: You too will feel the same way if you stay there for sometime.
Seeta: When are you, then, taking me to your grandparents’ village?
Lata: Shall go during Dasara holidays!
During the Pongal holidays, I visited my uncle’s village and stayed on there for a week. The celebration of Pongal in villages. I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed every moment in the village. The village life impressed me much. There is no air-pollution and sound pollution in villages. People in villages get fresh air and fresh water. There the sky is clear. I liked the green fields, the sheep, the cows and the bulls. I wish I could spend some more time there.
III. In groups, read the story once again. Decide on a scene from the story and per¬form a sport play.
(Group work – Let the students form 3 or 4 groups).
- Read the story once again.
- Identify the characters.
- Pick out the dialogues of the characters.
- Identify the locations of the events.
- Decide scenes and setting accordingly.
- Assign roles to the members of the groups.
- Enact the drama before the whole class.
(When the curtain rises up, the kitchen room in a rich man’s house is seen, with a cupboard. Beside it, the town-mouse (the student having this character, wears trousers with a tail hang-ing from behind it, and a shirt under a coat) appears, coughing and sniffing.)
The town mouse to himself : Oh ! I can’t bear this cough. I must phone to my family doctor for a speedy recovery.
(The town mouse makes a phone call to the doctor. After a gap of two/three minutes, the doctor (the student having the character of the doctor-mouse) comes into his room.)
Town Mouse: (seeing the doctor) Good morning doctor!
Doctor: Good morning. Why have you called me to come urgently?
Town Mouse: Doctor, I need your help, now.
Doctor: OK. What’s the problem?
Town Mouse: See, doctor, how I am coughing!
[Doctor checks his chest with a stethoscope]
Doctor: For how many days have you been suffering from cough and cold?
Town Mouse: For the last 4 days.
Doctor: Oh ! You have delayed. You should have called me as and when you were attacked with cough.
Town Mouse: Sorry doctor. I didn’t think it would last for long.
Please tell me what I should do to restore normal and good health.
Doctor: Use this medicine tonight for tomorrow, after taking a light diet.
Town Mouse: OK. Doctor.
Doctor: But one thing
Town Mouse: Tell me, doctor.
Doctor: I strongly say you need change of climate as well as change of place.
Town Mouse: You mean I need to go somewhere else.
Doctor: Yes, you have caught my point. Spend some days in a countryside where you get fresh and unpolluted air for your health. Do you have any relatives in any countryside ?
Town Mouse: Yes, I have. My cousin, country mouse lives at Mouse Cciuntry. We often write letters to each other and are affectionate to each other.
Doctor: That’s good. Then you had better leave for your cousin’s place and be there at least for a week to have a speedy recovery.
Town Mouse: OK, doctor. Tomorrow. I go there.
Doctor : OK. Now, I leave.
Town Mouse: Thank you, doctor, for your kind concern. I shall see you soon after I return from my cousin’s place.
(The doctor departs)
Town Mouse to himself: I’ll send my cousin a letter about my visiting his place and start my
journey after receiving the reply from him.
(The curtain comes down and after a gap of three/four minutes, it rises up again, showing the country mouse (the student having this character wears a white Dhoti and a white Laichi with a Kanduva on his shoulder) with a letter in his hand.)
Country Mouse to himself: Oh! This letter is from cousin, the town mouse. I shall know what he has written.
(The Country Mouse reads out the undermentioned letter, loudly)
22 March, 20xx.
I have been ill with cough and my doctor feels I need a holiday. He has asked me to spend a week in the countryside. May I stay with you? Please give me an early reply.
With warm regards,
The Mouse Hole,
(After reading the letter)
Country Mouse to himself: Oh ! My cousin is ill-healthy. I must send an immediate reply asking him to come over here, at once.
(The country mouse is seen writing a letter. Then the curtain begins to come down)
(Later after a gap of 3 minutes, the curtain rises up, showing the country mouse waiting for his cousin near the ‘MOUSE-COUNTRY’ board. Then comes in the town mouse)
Country Mouse: Oh, cousin! Welcome.
Town Mouse: Thank you. Sorry for keeping you waiting.
Country Mouse: No, you need not say that.
Town Mouse: Oh, cousin, I felt .rather hot and thirsty while travelling in that train. I wished I travelled in an air-conditioned coach.
Country Mouse: Are you OK now?
Town Mouse: OK. But I am rather thirsty. I hope you have something ice-cold lemonade for me to drink at home.
Country Mouse: Well, I have some water. But J can look around for some coconut water if you like.
Town Mouse (showing horror): Coconut water? Don’t you have any orange juice or lemonade?
Country Mouse: I’m afraid not. But I found a very nice piece of root toddy and a tender bit of sugar-cane. I’m sure you will enjoy that.
Town Mouse: Root? Sugar-cane? But I don’t eat raw food like that.
(Both sit under a big tree, where a large hole is seen)
Country Mouse: This is what we eat in the country. Try it. It’s not bad.
(The town mouse pretends to nibble at the root and the sugar-cane)
Town Mouse: Cousin, I want to sleep, now.
Country Mouse: You can sleep there. (showing a comer)
Town Mouse: On the ground?
Country Mouse: Yes. This is how we sleep in the country.
Town Mouse: Cousin, why is itso quiet here?
Country Mouse: You mean
Town Mouse: I mean it is rather silent here. Where are all the cars and lorries? Where are the radios and the televisions? Where are all the lights?
Country Mouse: Such things are not seen here. It is always quiet here.
(The two pretend to be asleep).
(The curtain comes down)
(When the curtain rises up, the town mouse is seen, holding a suitcase and the country mouse beside him)
Country Mouse: Cousin, today we’ll visit another farm.
Town Mouse: Sorry, cousin. But I must leave for my town, now itself.
Country Mouse: Why?
Town Mouse: I’ll catch the next train home. I have suddenly remembered that I have
Country Mouse: OK. I’ll come with you to the station.
(Both pretend to be walking towards the station-side. Then the curtain comes down.)
End of the First Scene
IV. Have a discussion in the whole class on how the performance could be improved in terms of delivery of dialogues, costumes, action, settings, etc.
Teacher: Good morning, students.
Students: Good morning, sir.
Teacher: Now, we will have discussion on the first scene of our play.
Students: O.K., sir.
Teacher: Venkat, do you feel satisfied with your acting, dialogue delivery and costumes, as the Town Mouse?
Venkat: I do, sir.
Guruvandhan: Sir, I think Venkat should have been in Pyzama and Lalchi, the light clothes which may suit for an ill-healthy person.
Hanuman : He didn’t show his suffering much both in his dialogue and acting.
Teacher : Yes. T too have observed and I want to say the same.
Payan: Sir, at the countryside, we have shown only a tree.
Teacher: You mean, there should be some other. If so, what would you suggest?
Payan: I mean we should have put some grass around, making the audience feel it is a farm or field.
Guravalah: instead of the doctor coming to the house of the town mouse, the town mouse should have gone to hospital and the discussion be seen in a hospital. Am I correct, sir?
Teacher: Chennakesava, do you agree with him?
Chennakasva: Yes, sir. I do.
Teacher: OK. You have given some suggestions for the improvement of the first scene. We’ll put them next time in the play.
Students: Thank you, sir.
Teacher: OK. Concentrate on your work, now.
V. You have already written the script for one scene. Develop the other scenes in the same manner and make it a complete script for the play.
Script for the other (second) scene:
(When the curtain rises up, the country mouse is seen, sitting near his house, the hole at the bottom of a tree)
Country Mouse to himself: Oh ! I have hurt my cousin’s feelings and disappointed him by not pro¬viding him with what he wanted. Besides, he seemed he didn’t like qui¬etness of the countryside. That’s why he left the place the very next morning . It’s already a month since he left this place. I don’t know how he is now. I make sure he is healthy. I’ll write a letter about my visiting his place.
(After a few minutes, the curtain rises up and shows the town mouse with a letter in his hand)
Town Mouse to himself : Oh ! What a happy news it is ! My cousin wants to visit my house.
I must send him the message to come over here. I’ll send a telegram now itself.
(The curtain comes down. A few minutes later, the town mouse is seen beside a cupboard in a room. The country mouse, after a minute – time enters.)
Country Mouse: How are you, my cousin?
Town Mouse: I am fine and active now, I am very happy to see you here. How are you, cousin?
Country Mouse: I am OK. I am worried about your health. I want to make sure you are alright. That’s why I have come here.
Country Mouse: It’s already 11 p.m. Why are there lights even in the middle of the night?
Town Mouse: Oh, cousin, this is the town. Here there are lights even in the middle of the day.
Country Mouse: (closing his ears with hands)
What is this dreadful noise that never stops?
Town Mouse: That is the traffic. That is the noise made by buses, lorries, cars and aeroplanes.
Country Mouse: Oh, cousin! All this noise has made my head ache.
Town Mouse: Don’t worry. You’ll be alright soon.
Country Mouse: Could I have some water to drink?
Town Mouse: Oh, cousin, what a silly thing! You have come to my house. Then, why only water? (opens the door of the cupboard and shows the cool-drinks, juice, etc.) Look at what there is for you ice-cold lemonade, orange
juice…. Which one do you want?
Country Mouse: I don’t want those. They are not good for my health. I want just some water.
I want some water to drink and then a little bit of food to eat.
Town Mouse: OK. Have this water to quench your thirst.
(The country mouse drinks some water)
Country Mouse: Cousin, can I have some food?
Town Mouse: I have plenty of food, cousin. You can eat as much as you like.
(The town mouse shows the country mouse by opening the door of the cupboard, bread and different kinds of food items)
Town Mouse: Cousin, there are different kinds of fruits, bread and jam, slabs of chocolate and a huge piece of lovely cheese.
Eat, cousin, eat whichever you want.
(By the time the country mouse was about to take some fruits, there was a sound like thunder. The country mouse was frightened.)
Town Mouse: Run, cousin, run, run along with me into the hole.
(Later the town mouse pushed the country mouse out through the hole in the back of the cupboard. The country mouse exhibits as if his heart was beating very fast.)
Country Mouse: I am in fear, but what is it?
Town Mouse: Sssh …. Don’t say loudly. Wait here for sometime.
[A man comes into the room, opens the door of the cupboard and gets some juice. Later he goes out]
[When everything was silent again, the town mouse crept out of the hole. He was quite cheerful again]
Town Mouse: Cousin. now come out. You need not be afraid now. Come out.
[The country mouse comes to the town mouse]
Country Mouse: What was it, dear?
Town Mouse: Cousin, that was only somebody opening the cupboard. We are safe now.
[They heard the same sound and had to escape by running, two times again]
[At last, when it was completely quiet]
Town Mouse: It won’t happen again. You can eat now.
Country Mouse: (eating) But I feel I am not safe here. I am quite tired of running and hiding.
Town Mouse: I’ve also done the same, yet I am not tired.
Country Mouse: You are accustomed to doing this and living like this.
Town Mouse: Tomorrow, I’ll take you to different areas in this town.
Country Mouse: No, cousin. I want to go back to the country. I may not get much food there but at least I can eat in peace. So, please let me go there.
Town Mouse: OK. Cousin, I don’t like to trouble or pain you.
You can go there tomorrow, morning.
[The curtain comes down]
End of the play
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Summary in English
The town mouse lived at the back of the kitchen cupboard in a rich man’s house in a town whereas the country mouse lived in a country. They were cousins. They often wrote letters to each other.
One day the town mouse wrote a letter to his cousin saying that he was ill and wanted to stay with the country mouse in his country as he had been advised by the doctor to spend a week in the countryside. The country mouse got the letter from the town mouse. He invited the town mouse to his countryside. So he packed his bags and caught the next train to the countryside. He felt hot in train as the day was bright and sunny. He wished he was in an air- conditioned coach.
The country mouse received the town mouse at the station of the countryside. The town mouse asked the country mouse for some organge juice or lemonade saying that he was thirsty. But the country mouse offered him coconut water. The dinner that the country mouse served the town mouse at his house consisted of the root and the sugar-cane. The town mouse nibbled at the root and the sugarcane as he did not enjoy his dinner. Later he had to sleep on the hard, cold ground. The countryside was very quiet. The mouse felt it strange and did not like it. He went back to his town.
Next time, the country mouse visited the house of the town mouse. He did not like the traffic there. He felt surprised watching lights in the streets even in the midnight. The country mouse wanted some water and a little bit of food. The town mouse offered him ice-cold lemonade and orange-juice to drink. The town-mouse offered him bread and jam, different kinds of fruit, slabs of chocolate and a huge piece of lovely cheese. The country mouse had to eat and drink what the town mouse had offered. Meanwhile, they had to run for safety and hide themselves as somebody entered the room and opened the cupboard. The country mouse was tired of doing this and did not like to be there. So, he took leave of his cousin and went back to his house in the country. Since then, they did not visit each other again.
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Glossary
1. country (n): a village/an area outside towns or cities with fields and farms
2. affectionately (adv): lovingly/showing caring feelings and love
3. pack (v): to put clothes etc.. into a bag in preparation for a trip away from home
4. uncomfortable (adj): unpleasant
5. grumble (v): to complain about something in a bad-tempered way
6. chug (v): to move making the sound of an engine .
7. dreadful (adj): very bad / unpleasant
8. horror (n): a feeling of great shock or fear
9. lemonade (n): a sweet FIZZY drink with a lemon flavour .
10. nibbled (v): took small bites of something especially food
11. cousin (n): a child of your aunt or uncle
12. quiet (adj): making very little noise
13. strange (adj): unusual or surprising, especially in a way that is difficult to understand
14. farm (n): an area of land used for growing crops