If ants their walls do frequently build, rain will from the clouds be spilled. You can’t have more bed-bugs than a blanket-full. Birds are entangled by their feet and men by their tongues. But old birds are not caught with chaff. Every carpet beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother. How little it takes to make life unbearable: a pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman’s laugh. Crows are never the whiter for washing themselves. The crow bewails the sheep, and then eats it. It is easier to guard a sack full of fleas than a girl in love. If a flea had money, it would buy its own dog. Flies come to feasts unasked. More flies are taken with a drop of honey than a tun of vinegar. A fox should not be of the jury at a goose’s trial. The fox is taken when he comes to take. The fox knows much, but more he that catches him. The escaped mouse ever feels the taste of the bait. Don’t make yourself a mouse, or the cat will eat you before I catch you. A mole needs no lantern. In shallow holes they make fools of dragons. Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating. Pigeons are taken when crows fly at pleasure. When the pigeons go a benting, the farmers lie lamenting. [When pigeons are said to feed on bents, before peas are ripe.] If carrots got you drunk, rabbits would be messed-up. Who will change a rabbit for a rat? He’d starve the rats, and make the mice go upon scritches [crutches]. We all have this deep-rooted fascination with the wild. It’s as simple as feeding squirrels and pigeons on a park bench for some people. You can’t be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit. If you wish to live and thrive. let a spider run alive. The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep. Down in Devon, Granfer Greys means woodlice; and Goosegogs, gooseberries. And many more!