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Fable Aesop
The Monkey And The Camel
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The Beasts of the forest gave a splendid entertainment at which
the Monkey stood up and danced. Having vastly delighted the
assembly, he sat down amidst universal applause. The Camel,
envious of the praises bestowed on the Monkey and desiring
to divert to himself the favor of the guests, proposed to stand
up in his turn and dance for their amusement. He moved about
in so utterly ridiculous a manner that the Beasts, in a fit of
indignation, set upon him with clubs and drove him out of the

It is absurd to ape our betters.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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