"Kind mouse, not even you can help me this day," she cried. "I am to build a grand palace in this field by this very night and I am quite afraid of the beating I shall receive when I do not complete my task." The mouse gave the girl a look of reassurance and patted her hand. "You are weary from years of worry and must rest. I will see to this difficult task in your stead." She did as she was bid and lie down in the tall grass, where she quickly fell asleep.