The Monkey and the Fishermen

A MONKEY perched upon a lofty tree saw some Fishermen casting

their nets into a river, and narrowly watched their proceedings.

The Fishermen after a while gave up fishing, and on going home to

dinner left their nets upon the bank. The Monkey, who is the

most imitative of animals, descended from the treetop and

endeavored to do as they had done. Having handled the net, he

threw it into the river, but became tangled in the meshes and

drowned. With his last breath he said to himself, "I am rightly

served; for what business had I who had never handled a net to

try and catch fish?'

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