The Queen turned to the mice that attended her and told them to go at once and get all her people.
So fast and so well did he work that by the time the mice began to arrive the truck was all ready for them.
They came from all directions, and there were thousands of them: big mice and little mice and middle-sized mice; and each one brought a piece of string in his mouth.
The Scarecrow and the Woodman now began to fasten the mice to the truck, using the strings they had brought.
Then the Queen hurriedly gave her people the order to start, for she feared if the mice stayed among the poppies too long they also would fall asleep.
Dorothy came to meet them and thanked the little mice warmly for saving her companion from death.
Indeed, the walls of the City were plainly visible, and the Queen of the Field Mice
, who had guided them so faithfully, came near to bid them good-bye.
But Athena answered him: `I would never go to help the Mice when they are hard pressed, for they have done me much mischief, spoiling my garlands and my lamps too, to get the oil.
260-271) Now there was one among the Mice, Slice-snatcher, who excelled the rest, dear son of Gnawer the son of blameless Bread-stealer.
Thus he frightened them all, Frogs and Mice alike, hurling his bolt upon them.
These nipped off the tails and paws and feet of the Mice with their jaws, while spears only beat on them.
And the Tree beheld all the beauty of the flowers, and the freshness in the garden; he beheld himself, and wished he had remained in his dark corner in the loft; he thought of his first youth in the wood, of the merry Christmas-eve, and of the little Mice
who had listened with so much pleasure to the story of Humpy-Dumpy.