Jupiter and the Monkey

: Aesop's Fables

JUPITER ISSUED a proclamation to all the beasts of the forest and

promised a royal reward to the one whose offspring should be

deemed the handsomest. The Monkey came with the rest and

presented, with all a mother's tenderness, a flat-nosed,

hairless, ill-featured young Monkey as a candidate for the

promised reward. A general laugh saluted her on the presentation

of her son. She resolutely said, "I know not whether Jupiter

will allot the prize to my son, but this I do know, that he is at

least in the eyes of me his mother, the dearest, handsomest, and

most beautiful of all."