Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O'Brien
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Chapter 9 Summary
In the Rosebush
- When Mrs. Frisby arrives at home, her children (especially Cynthia) are sick with worry about her.
- They have good news though: Timothy is awake and feeling better.
- But that also means he's well enough to notice that the air smells like "thawing." He knows that means that Moving Day is near.
- Mrs. Frisby assures him that everything will be fine, but Timothy's concerned that he will not be well enough soon enough.
- The next morning, Mrs. Frisby heads off for the rosebush to get some help from fellow rodents.
- She notes that most of the animals steer clear of the rosebush, though the rats aren't exactly mean, just different.
- As she approaches the rosebush, she wonders how she should get into it. Doesn't she know that "open sesame" always works in these situations?
- She sees a branch that, when pushed, works like a "swinging door" and "opens easily."
- Mrs. Frisby has expected to see a dirt hole when she reaches the end of the tunnel in the rosebush, but instead she sees an arched doorway that leads somewhere else entirely.
- She also sees the largest rat she has ever seen staring straight at her. Yikes? Eek? Run?
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