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.
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.
139-143) `Frogs, the Mice have sent me with their threats against you, and bid you arm yourselves for war and battle; for they have seen Crumb-snatcher in the water whom your king Puff- jaw slew.
Come then; let us take counsel how we may utterly destroy the wily Mice. Moreover, I will tell you what I think to be the best.
`Who of the deathless gods will help the Frogs and who the Mice?'
174-176) `My daughter, will you go aid the Mice? For they all frolic about your temple continually, delighting in the fat of sacrifice and in all kinds of food.'
At last the little Mice stayed away also; and the Tree sighed: "After all, it was very pleasant when the sleek little Mice sat round me, and listened to what I told 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.