THE MONKEY AND THE DOLPHIN
 IT happened once upon a time
that a certain Greek ship bound
for Athens was wrecked off the
coast close to Piraeus, the port of
Athens. Had it not been for the
Dolphins, who at that time were
very friendly toward mankind
and especially toward Athenians,
all would have perished. But
the Dolphins took the ship-
wrecked people on their backs
and swam with them to shore.
Now it was the custom among
the Greeks to take their pet monkeys and dogs with them when
ever they went on a voyage. So
when one of the Dolphins saw a
Monkey struggling in the water,
he thought it was a man, and
made the Monkey climb up on
his back. Then off he swam with
him toward the shore.
The Monkey sat up, grave
and dignified, on the Dolphin's
"You are a citizen of illustrious Athens, are you not?"
asked the Dolphin politely.
"Yes," answered the Monkey,
proudly. "My family is one of
the noblest in the city."
"Indeed," said the Dolphin.
"Then of course you often visit
"Yes, yes," replied the Mon-
key. "Indeed, I do. I am with
him constantly. Piraeus is my
very best friend."
This answer took the Dolphin
by surprise, and, turning his
head, he now saw what it was he
was carrying. Without more
ado, he dived and left the foolish
Monkey to take care of himself,
while he swam off in search of
some human being to save.
One falsehood leads to another.
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