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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O'Brien
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Chapter 24 Summary
Seven Dead Rats Mrs. Frisby watches the FitzGibbons eating dinner, from the inside of a birdcage. A room with a view, indeed. Billy asks if he can keep her as a pet and his mother says that he can keep "it" for a few days. Harsh. Paul tells Billy that she will die in captivity because she is a wild animal. Meanwhile poor Mrs. Frisby's in full on panic mode, as she worries about her kiddos, who've been left all alone Mr. FitzGibbon starts to tell a story about a strange event at the hardware store: seven rats were electrocuted while fiddling around with some motors in the store. Mrs. Frisby listens hard, knowing that the rats need this information. He then goes on to explain that the newspaper wrote an article about it, with the headline MECHANIZED RATS INVADE HARDWARE STORE. After that story runs, a group of government men came to the store to investigate. Paul says that he thinks it's because the government is afraid that the rats have rabies, but Mrs. Frisby knows differently—they're worried that their super-rats are taking over. Mr. FitzGibbon says that those same men are coming to the farm "the day after tomorrow" to exterminate their rats and tear up the rosebush. Uh oh—red alert! Mrs. Frisby knows she has to get out of that cage and share the information before its too late. But hey, at least something went right: Dragon's dead asleep in the corner, out like a light.
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