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 honoured to meet your family," said the Dolphin and then asked the Monkey if he knew the Piraeus.
Now, the Piraeus was a famous harbour 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.
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