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Fable Aesop
The Monkey And The Dolphin
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A Sailor, bound on a long voyage, took with him a Monkey to
amuse him while on shipboard. As he sailed off the coast of
Greece, a violent tempest arose in which the ship was wrecked
and he, his Monkey, and all the crew were obliged to swim for
their lives. A Dolphin saw the Monkey contending with the waves,
and supposing him to be a man (whom he is always said to befriend),
came and placed himself under him, to convey him on his back in
safety to the shore. When the Dolphin arrived with his burden in
sight of land not far from Athens, he asked the Monkey if he were
an Athenian. The latter replied that he was, and that he was
descended from one of the most noble families in that city. The
Dolphin then inquired if he knew the Piraeus (the famous harbor
of Athens). Supposing that a man was meant, the Monkey answered
that he knew him very well and that he was an intimate friend.
The Dolphin, indignant at these falsehoods, dipped the Monkey
under the water and drowned him.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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