Despereaux goes to the throne room, but he does not find the king. He slips through a hole and travels through the wall to look in the princess’s room instead. On the way, he sees the thirteen members of the Mouse Council in the middle of an important meeting. The Most Very Honored Head Mouse, who is in the middle of a speech, looks up and sees him watching.
Despereaux has lost his tail. He is coated in oil and covered in flour, and the red thread is still tied around his neck “like a thin trail of blood.” The Head Mouse thinks he is a ghost. He cries out in fear, and the...
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