by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910), as Mark Twain
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

The rats were devouring the house
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
The rats were devouring the house, 
but instead of examining the cat's teeth 
and the cat's claws, 
they only concerned themselves 
to find out if it was a holy cat, 
a pious cat, a moral cat...

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Line count: 6
Word count: 36

Les rats dévoraient la maison
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Les rats dévoraient la maison, 
mais au lieu d'examiner les dents du chat 
et les mâchoires du chat, 
ils étaient seulement préoccupés de savoir 
si c'était un chat saint, 
un chat pieux, un chat moral...

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This text was added to the website: 2019-02-18
Line count: 6
Word count: 35