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Literature / The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher

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The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher is a children's book by Beatrix Potter. A frog gentlemen goes fishing for minnows to serve to his friends for supper. His fishing expedition is plagued with mishaps, culminating when he nearly gets eaten by a huge trout. In the end, he gives up on the minnow idea and instead serves his friends some nice roasted grasshopper.

This work provides examples of:

  • Alien Lunch: The narrator remarks that while roasted grasshopper with ladybug sauce is a delicacy to frogs, "I think it must have been nasty!"
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  • An Aesop: Sometimes it just isn't worth the trouble.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Mr. Jeremy. At one point, a bunch of little fishes even poke their heads out of the water and laugh at him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After the trout incident, Jeremy decides that the minnows just aren't worth it.
  • Punny Name: Sir Isaac Newton, who is a newt.
  • A Simple Plan: All he wanted to do was catch a few fish.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Inverted with the trout — once it gets a taste of Jeremy's mackintosh, it completely loses interest in eating him.