Watts's bland version of the fable is so distant from the original that what they have in common is hard to discern, and no moral-of-the-story needs apply. The country mouse, propelled by curiosity, visits town. She runs into the friendly town mouse and falls asleep after too much cheese. When she returns home, she appreciates her grassy habitat; the town mouse comes to call and finds everything odd, but comfortable. She, too, returns to her home in appreciation of its value to her. This story treads delicately; Watts, in attempting not to offend anyone over any differences, hardly allows each mouse to prefer her own home. The sentiments are so tentative, they hardly bear uttering--why invoke Aesop, and his much more didactic offerings, at all?