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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O'Brien
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Chapter 11 Summary
In the Library As they walk the tunnel into the rats' den, it is very dark. Finally, Mrs. Frisby sees a faint glow, but she's confused about where it could be coming from, since they are underground. They enter a long hallway that is well lit by tiny light bulbs. Yes: Tiny. Light. Bulbs. Justin watches Mrs. Frisby's amazement and tells her that the rats have had indoor electricity for four years. Mrs. Frisby knows about electricity but cannot believe that the rats know how to use it for their own needs. The group keeps moving and finally they enter a big round chamber that contains an elevator, which they ride in. Finally, Mrs. Frisby sees more rats: rats working in groups, carrying things, being very organized. They look at her with curiosity but never stop working. Now that's a work ethic! Nicodemus comes over to Mrs. Frisby, who immediately notices that he has a scar over his eye. This rat's one tough cookie. Mr. Ages explains that Mrs. Frisby has a problem and Nicodemus says that they will help her if they can. The he asks Justin to take Mrs. Frisby to the library, where he will come find her after their meeting is over. Justin and Mrs. Frisby go to the library, which is filled with books. He excuses himself and says that they are having a meeting about the Plan, and that he needs to be there. Mrs. Frisby asks what the Plan is, but Justin has already left. Alone, she gazes in wonder at all the books. Things are starting to fall into place about her husband and how smart he had always seemed. The pieces… are slowly… coming together… She thinks his intelligence must be related to the rats somehow. But she's not quite sure what the real deal is. Then, on a large white board, Mrs. Frisby sees written out THE PLAN OF THE RATS OF NIMH.
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