Lion was awakened from sleep by a mouse running over his face.
Rising up in anger, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the mouse piteously entreated, saying: “If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.” The lion laughed and let him go.
It happened shortly after this that the lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground.
The mouse, recognizing his roar, came up, and gnawed the rope with his teeth, and setting him free, exclaimed: “You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, not expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favour; but now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to confer benefits on a lion.”
Little friends may prove great friends.
v.(使)醒( awaken的过去式和过去分词 );(使)觉醒;弄醒;(使)意识到
She awakened to the sound of birds singing. 她醒来听到鸟的叫声。
The public has been awakened to the full horror of the situation. 公众完全意识到了这一状况的可怕程度。 来自《简明英汉词典》
恳求，乞求( entreat的过去式和过去分词 )
They entreated and threatened, but all this seemed of no avail. 他们时而恳求，时而威胁，但这一切看来都没有用。
‘One word,’ the Doctor entreated. ‘Will you tell me who denounced him?’ “还有一个问题，”医生请求道，“你可否告诉我是谁告发他的?” 来自英汉文学 – 双城记
咬( gnaw的过去式和过去分词 ); (长时间) 折磨某人; (使)苦恼; (长时间)危害某事物
His attitude towards her gnawed away at her confidence. 他对她的态度一直在削弱她的自尊心。
The root of this dead tree has been gnawed away by ants. 这棵死树根被蚂蚁唼了。
v.嘲笑，嘲弄，奚落( ridicule的过去式和过去分词 )
Biosphere 2 was ultimately ridiculed as a research debade, as exfravagant pseudoscience. 生物圈2号最终被讥讽为科研上的大失败，代价是昂贵的伪科学。 来自《简明英汉词典》
She ridiculed his insatiable greed. 她嘲笑他的贪得无厌。 来自《简明英汉词典》
I am entitled to a repayment for the damaged goods.我有权利索取货物损坏赔偿金。
The tax authorities have been harrying her for repayment.税务局一直在催她补交税款。