Despereaux makes his way into the dungeon clinging to Botticelli Remorso’s tail. Holding the tail of a rat is extremely unpleasant. Even in the best of times, it is a lot like holding a snake. In the worst possible scenario, when you are depending on the rat to keep you alive—and when you are half sure he is going to kill you—holding a rat’s tail is the most disgusting feeling in the world. But Despereaux has to do it, so he holds on tight.
The rat and the mouse work their way deep into the dungeon. Despereaux’s eyes adjust quite quickly, but this is a bad thing....
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