en-fr  The Patient Cat
Le chat patient de Laura E. Richards.
https://americanliterature.com/author/laura-e-richards/short-story/the-patient-cat.

Le Chat patient fut publié dans la collection histoires et poèmes de la morale de Mme Richards, Le Frère goret et autres fables et histoires (1881).

Est-il toujours judicieux de patienter ? Le temps est crucial dans ce conte de morale féline.

Lorsque le chat tacheté découvrit le nid, il n'y avait rien à l'intérieur, car il était à peine terminé.
Alors il se dit : — J'attendrai ! car c'était un chat patient, et l'été était devant lui.
Il patienta une semaine, puis il grimpa jusqu'au sommet de l'arbre et jeta un coup d'œil dans le nid.
Là se trouvait deux jolis oeufs bleus, lisses et brillants.

Le chat tacheté souligna : — Les œufs peuvent être bons, mais les jeunes oiseaux sont meilleurs. Je vais attendre. Alors il patienta ; et pendant qu'il attendait, il attrapa des souris et des rats, se toiletta et dormit, et fit tout ce qu'un chat tacheté doit faire pour passer le temps.

Après qu'une autre semaine se fut écoulée, il monta à nouveau dans l'arbre et regarda dans le nid. Cette fois-ci, il denombra cinq œufs.
Mais le chat tacheté se dit à nouveau : — Les œufs peuvent être bons, mais les jeunes oiseaux sont meilleurs. J'attendrai un peu plus longtemps ! Alors, il patienta un peu plus longtemps, puis revint regarder.
Ah ! Il y avait cinq petits oiseaux, avec de grands yeux et de long cou, et des becs jaunes grands ouverts. Alors le chat tacheté s'assit sur la branche, se lécha le museau et ronronna, car il était très content.
— Ça vaut la peine d'être patient ! dit-il.

Mais quand il regarda de nouveau les jeunes oiseaux, pour voir à qui il devait s'en prendre en premier, il s'aperçut qu'ils étaient très maigres, oh oui, très, très maigres, ils l'étaient !
Le chat tacheté n'avait jamais vu quelque chose d'aussi maigre dans sa vie.

— Bon, se dit-il si j'attends quelques jours de plus, ils engraisseront. Les oiseaux maigres peuvent être bons, mais les gros oiseaux sont bien meilleurs. Je patienterai ! Alors il attendit ; et il regarda le papa oiseau apporter des vers toute la journée vers le nid et se dit : — Aha ! Ils doivent s'engraisser vite. Ils seront bientôt aussi gras que je le souhaite. Aha ! Quelle bonne chose c'est d'être patient. Finalement, un jour, il estima que, sans doute, à present, ils doivent être assez gras ! Je n'attendrai pas un autre jour. Aha ! Qu'ils seront bons ! Alors il grimpa dans l'arbre, se léchant les babines tout le chemin et pensant aux jeunes oiseaux gras. Et quand il atteingnit le sommet et examina l'intérieur du nid, il était vide !

Alors le chat tacheté s'assit sur la branche et s'exprima ainsi : — Eh bien, de toutes les créatures horribles, méchantes et ingrates que j'ai jamais vues, ces oiseaux sont les plus horribles, les plus méchants et les plus ingrats ! Mi-a-u-ou !!! !
unit 1
The Patient Cat by Laura E. Richards.
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unit 2
https://americanliterature.com/author/laura-e-richards/short-story/the-patient-cat.
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unit 4
Is it always wise to wait?
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unit 5
Timing is everything in this feline morality tale.
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So she said, “I will wait!” for she was a patient cat, and the summer was before her.
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unit 8
She waited a week, and then she climbed up again to the top of the tree, and peeped into the nest.
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There lay two lovely blue eggs, smooth and shining.
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unit 10
The spotted cat said, “Eggs may be good, but young birds are better.
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When another week had passed, she climbed the tree again and peeped into the[58] nest.
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unit 13
This time there were five eggs.
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But the spotted cat said again, “Eggs may be good, but young birds are better.
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I will wait a little longer!” So she waited a little longer and then went up again to look.
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Ah!
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there were five tiny birds, with big eyes and long necks, and yellow beaks wide open.
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“It is worth while to be patient!” she said.
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The spotted cat had never seen anything so thin in her life.
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“Now,” she said to herself, “if I were to wait only a few days longer, they would grow fat.
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Thin birds may be good, but fat birds are much better.
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they must be fattening fast!
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they will soon be as fat as I wish them to be.
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Aha!
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I will not wait another day.
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Aha!
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And when she reached the top and looked into the nest, it was empty!!
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unit 34
Mi-a-u-ow!!!
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unit 35
!”
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The Patient Cat by Laura E. Richards.
https://americanliterature.com/author/laura-e-richards/short-story/the-patient-cat.

The Patient Cat was published in Ms. Richards' collection of morality tales and poems, The Pig Brother and Other Fables and Stories (1881).

Is it always wise to wait? Timing is everything in this feline morality tale.

When the spotted cat first found the nest, there was nothing in it, for it was only just finished.
So she said, “I will wait!” for she was a patient cat, and the summer was before her.
She waited a week, and then she climbed up again to the top of the tree, and peeped into the nest.
There lay two lovely blue eggs, smooth and shining.

The spotted cat said, “Eggs may be good, but young birds are better. I will wait.”
So she waited; and while she was waiting, she caught mice and rats, and washed herself and slept, and did all that a spotted cat should do to pass the time away.

When another week had passed, she climbed the tree again and peeped into the[58] nest. This time there were five eggs.
But the spotted cat said again, “Eggs may be good, but young birds are better. I will wait a little longer!”

So she waited a little longer and then went up again to look.
Ah! there were five tiny birds, with big eyes and long necks, and yellow beaks wide open. Then the spotted cat sat down on the branch, and licked her nose and purred, for she was very happy.
“It is worth while to be patient!” she said.

But when she looked again at the young birds, to see which one she should take first, she saw that they were very thin,—oh, very, very thin they were!
The spotted cat had never seen anything so thin in her life.

“Now,” she said to herself, “if I were to wait only a few days longer, they would grow fat. Thin birds may be good, but fat birds are much better. I will wait!”

So she waited; and she watched the father-bird bringing worms all day long to the nest, and said, “Aha! they must be fattening fast! they will soon be as fat as I wish them to be. Aha! what a good thing it is to be patient.”

At last, one day she thought, “Surely, now they must be fat enough! I will not wait another day. Aha! how good they will be!”

So she climbed up the tree, licking her chops all the way and thinking of the fat young birds. And when she reached the top and looked into the nest, it was empty!!

Then the spotted cat sat down on the branch and spoke thus, “Well, of all the horrid, mean, ungrateful creatures I ever saw, those birds are the horridest, and the meanest, and the most ungrateful! Mi-a-u-ow!!!!”