Inside the walls of a castle, a mouse is born. He is unusually small, and he is the only mouse in his litter who does not die at birth. When his mother, Antoinette, sees the tiny newborn, she assumes that he will not live. “All of that work for nothing,” she says.
Antoinette is a French mouse who arrived at the castle a long time ago in the luggage of a visiting diplomat. She gives her new mouse baby a French name, Despereaux, because her life is full of sadness and despair. Then she stops paying attention to him. She calls for her mirror and make-up bag because she looks “a...
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