Mother and Child II
Mrs. Frisby gets to the owl's nest, but the wise bird's words give her little comfort. He tells her that Timothy's life cannot be saved. As she is leaving, however, the owl suggests1 that she ask the rats for help. This gives Mrs. Frisby new hope.
The rats agree to help Mrs. Frisby, but only if somebody will drug the farmer's mean cat. When Mrs. Frisby volunteers,2 the rats are concerned3 for her safety.4 But Mrs. Frisby says that, as Timothy's mother, she cannot sit by while her son dies. The rats have no choice but to let her try.
Mrs. Frisby is willing to sacrifice her own life to save her son's. By doing so, she proves that her love for her children is stronger than all her fears. Hers is a true example of the strength of a mother's love.