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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH


by Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Chapter 7 Summary

The Owl

  • Jeremy arrives promptly at 5 pm and Mrs. Frisby introduces her to her children (except for Timothy, who is sleeping). Cynthia's afraid of Jeremy. (He is twenty times her size, after all.)
  • Not surprisingly, Mrs. Frisby is terrified at the idea of flying on Jeremy's back, but he tells her there is nothing to worry about and that he makes the trip all the time. (Um, with his wings.) 
  • As she gets ready to leave, she tells the kids not to wake Timothy and not to tell him where she's gone if he wakes up on his own, as she doesn't want him worried.
  • Whoosh! Off they go. Mrs. Frisby is petrified with fear as the ground rushes away and her poor heart pounds in her chest.
  • From this distance, Mrs. Frisby can see the river, the fields and the forest. Too bad she forgot her camera, huh? 
  • She is sort of embarrassed at how little she knows of the geography, because she only moves around in such a small area.
  • They arrive at an old tree and Jeremy lands on a branch. 
  • The Owl asks "Who is standing outside my house?" (Or, maybe he said "Whoooo Whooo is standing outside my house." We aren't sure.)
  • Jeremy explains that he has brought a friend with him, which prompts the Owl to ask why a crow would help a mouse. 
  • Fair question. So Jeremy tells the story of Mrs. Frisby rescuing him, and the Owl seems interested in a mouse who would risk her life for a bird—just curious enough, in fact, that he offers to chat with Mrs. Frisby, rather than, you know, snack on Mrs. Frisby.
  • She's scared, but she enters his nest inside the tree. Gulp.
  • It is dark and bare in the nest. 
  • The Owl tells her she may "state her problem."

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