A cat, hearing that a hen was laid up sick in her nest, paid her a visit of condolence. Creeping up to her the cat said, “How are you, my dear friend? What can I do for you? What are you in want of? Only tell me, if there is anything in the world that I can bring you; but keep up your spirits, and don’t be alarmed.” “Thank you,” said the hen, “be good enough to leave me, and I have no fear but I shall soon be well.”
Unbidden guests are often the most welcome when they are gone.