The Monkey and the Dolphin
There was once a sailor who set off to a far off land
alone. It was a long journey by sea. So he carried along with
him a little Monkey to play with.
As he sailed away from the coast of Greece, a violent storm
arose. The ship tossed about in the wind. It was going to
sink. The sailor and his monkey dived into the sea and swam
for their lives.
Soon a Dolphin caught sight of the monkey in the water. He
loved humans. Thinking that the monkey was a human, he swam up
to help him.
The Dolphin put the monkey on his back and started to swim
towards Athens. As they neared land, the fish asked the
Monkey, "Are you an Athenian?"
"Yes," lied the monkey, "I belong to one of the most noble
families of that city!"
"Do you? I would be honored to meet your family," said
the Dolphin and then asked the Monkey if he knew the
Now, the Piraeus was a famous harbor of Athens. But the Monkey,
thinking that it was the name of a person, replied, "O yes! I know
him, he is my friend."
The Dolphin realized that the Monkey was lying. He was furious.
The friendly Dolphin, now no longer friendly, threw the Monkey off
his back and drowned him in the water.
Those who lie and boast may end up in trouble...
Aesop, The Monkey and