How does Theodoric get rid of the mouse?

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Theodoric gets rid of the mouse by partially undressing. He's worried that the female passenger in his train compartment has seen him take his clothes off. In the event, he has no need to worry, as the woman later reveals that she is blind.

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In “The Mouse” by Saki, poor Theodoric finds himself in a highly embarrassing situation. Apparently, while he was harnessing a pony while staying at the vicarage, a mouse somehow managed to find its way into his clothes. As his train pulls out of the station, Theodoric can feel the little critter creeping and crawling all over his flesh.

Theodoric starts to wonder how on earth he's going to get rid of the mouse. Eventually, he reluctantly concludes that the only way he can do this is by taking some of his clothes off. The very idea fills him with horror, not least because there's a woman sitting right opposite him in the train compartment, and the last thing he wants is for her to see him in a state of undress.

But as Theodoric figures that there's no alternative method to getting rid of the mouse, he starts to take some of his clothes off, hoping against hope that the sleeping lady doesn't wake up and see him.

At first, it looks as if Theodoric is successful. But when the mouse finally leaves his clothing, the railway rug that he'd tied to the luggage racks to give him some privacy comes crashing down to the floor, waking up his traveling companion.

As it turns out, Theodoric had no need to worry about the lady. She is blind, and she would not have witnessed him removing his clothes even if she'd been awake.

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