Never thought of rats as being poor, but I like the simile, more compelling than the standard ‘as poor as a church mouse’.  At least the mouse has a big house.

‘If I were as poor as a rat…’

Source: George Eliot, Adam Bede (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985 (1859)), p. 210

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