The Fox and the Monkey

: Aesop's Fables

A MONKEY once danced in an assembly of the Beasts, and so pleased

them all by his performance that they elected him their King. A

Fox, envying him the honor, discovered a piece of meat lying in a

trap, and leading the Monkey to the place where it was, said that

she had found a store, but had not used it, she had kept it for him

as treasure trove of his kingdom, and counseled him to lay hold

of it. The Monkey approached carelessly and was caught in the

trap; and on his accusing the Fox of purposely leading him into

the snare, she replied, "O Monkey, and are you, with such a mind

as yours, going to be King over the Beasts?"