Reader, you must know that an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone, man or mouse, who does not conform.
It did end happily; at least as happily as it could end for a poor damaged rat whose heart had been broken and mended crookedly. I am so glad that there was redemption even for a creature such as he, that I cried a few simple tears of happiness. Oh, of course it all ended happily for the mouse and the princess, but there was never any doubt of that. Although the author did have some unkind words for rats, she at least recognised they have a heart and granted a happy end for this rodent: "Did you think that rats do not have hearts? Wrong. All living things have a heart. And the heart of any living thing can be broken." Now, at last, I can look forward to the move. Thank you, porsupah.