”Because, we didn’t cause this problem.” Hem said. “Somebody else did this and we should getsomething out of it.”Haw suggested, “Maybe we should stop analyzing the situation so much and just get along and findsome new Cheese.””Oh no,” Hem argued. “I’m going to get to the bottom of this.”While Hem and Haw were still trying to decide what to do, Sniff and Scurry were already well ontheir way. They went farther into the maze, up and down corridors, looking for cheese in everyCheese Station they could find.
They didn’t think of anything else but finding New Cheese.
They didn’t find any for sometime until they finally went into an area of the maze where they hadnever been before: Cheese Station N.
They squealed with delight. They found what they had been looking for: a great supply of NewCheese.
They could hardly believe their eyes. It was the biggest store of cheese the mice had ever seen.
In the meantime, Hem and Haw were still back in Cheese Station C evaluation their situation. Theywere now suffering from the effects of having no Cheese. They were becoming frustrated andangry and were blaming each other for the situation they were in.
Now and then Haw thought about his mice buddies, Sniff and Scurry, and wondered if they hadfound any cheese yet. He believed they might be having a hard time, as running through the mazeusually involved some uncertainty. But he also knew that it was likely to only last for a while.
Sometimes, Haw would imagine Sniff and Scurry finding New Cheese and enjoying it. He thoughtabout how good it would be for him to be out on an adventure in the maze, and to find fresh NewCheese. He could almost taste it.
The more clearly Haw saw the image of himself finding and enjoying the New Cheese, the more hesaw himself leaving Cheese Station C.
”Let’s go!” he exclaimed, all of a sudden.
”No,” Hem quickly responded. “I like it here. It’s comfortable. It’s what I know. Besides it’sdangerous out there.””No it isn’t,” Haw argued. “We’ve run through many parts of the maze before, and we can do itagain.””I’m getting too old for that,” Hem said. “And I’m afraid I’m not interested in getting lost and makinga fool of myself. Are you?”With that, Haw’s fear of failing returned and his hope of finding New Cheese faded.
So every day, the littlepeople continued to do what they had done before. They went to CheeseStation C, found no Cheese, and returned home, carrying their worried and frustrations with them.