The Cat And The Monkey

: Boys And Girls Bookshelf

A monkey once found some chestnuts, which he put on the hot coals of a

fire to roast. He was puzzled, however, as to how he should get them

again without burning himself. Seeing a nice tabby cat in a corner, he

thus accosted her: "Please come and sit with me awhile, for I am

lonely." Puss took a seat at the monkey's side, without thinking of

harm, when he jumped on her back. Seizing both her paws, he made her

pull the nuts from the fire, despite her cries.

Study your acquaintances, and beware of those who, in the guise of

friendship, would use you for their own selfish purposes.