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The boy who drew cats.

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He was just on the point of lying down to sleep upon one of the screens, when he suddenly remembered the words Avoid large places. Keep to small. The temple was very large. He was alone. And as he thought of these words, he could not quite understand them, he began to feel for the first time, a little afraid, and he resolved to look for a small place in which to sleep. He found a little cabinet with a sliding door, and went into it, and shut himself up. Then he lay down and fell fast asleep. Very late in the night he was awakened by a most terrible noise, a noise of fighting . It was so dreadful that he was afraid to even look through a little chink of the cabinet. He lay very still holding his breath for fright. The light that was in the temple went out but the awful sounds continued. It became more noisy and all the temple shook. After a long time silence came, but, the boy was still afraid to move.

He did not move until the light of the morning sun shone in to the cabinet through the chinks of the little door. Then he got out of his hiding place very cautiously and looked out. he saw in the middle of the temple floor, an enormous goblin rat bigger than a cow. But who or what could have killed it?
There was no man or other creature to be seen. Suddenly he observed that all the mouths of the cats that he had drawn the night before were smiling and that they had their heads on their paws looking as if they were purring contentedly. Then he knew that the goblin rat had been destroyed by the cats which he had drawn. And then for the first time, he understood why the wise old priest had said to him. avoid large places at night. Keep to small. Afterwards that boy became a very famous artist. Some of the cats which he drew are still shown to travelers in Japan.
The end.


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