"Rats is rats, past, present, and forever. Weasels change, but rats is rats!"
—John Wesley Weasel, The Book of the Dun Cow
"Reader, in the spirit of truth, I must utter a difficult and unsavory truth. Rats are not beautiful creatures. They are not even cute. They are, really, rather nasty beasts, especially if one happens to appear in your bowl of soup with pieces of watercress clinging to his whiskers."