PUSSY IN THE BARN

May 26, 2008 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

THE ROLE OF CATS IN NURSERY RHYMES
by Sarah Hartwell

Some little mice sat in a barn to spin,
Pussy came by, and popped her head in,
“Shall I come in, and cut your threads off?”
“Oh, no, kind sir, you will snap our heads off!”

Six Little Mice Sat Down to Spin
Six little mice sat down to spin;
Pussy passed by and she peeped in;
“What are you doing, my little men?”
“Weaving coats for gentlemen.”
“Shall I come in and cut off your threads?”
“No, no, Mistress Pussy, you’d bite off our heads.”
“Oh, no, I’ll not; I’ll help you to spin.”
“That may be so, but you don’t come in!”

A simple warning to be wary of strangers, especially those who speak kind words but are unlikely to have your best interests in mind. Much like many fairy stories, it warns against opening the door to strangers. The type of warning is found in the children’s tale “The Three Little Kids” where the kids (young goats) are told not to open the door to strangers, but they open the door to a cunning wolf.

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