The Monkey and the Dolphin

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Fable of Aesop

Nivedita Yohana

Wijsheidsweb, 2019-01
The Monkey and the Dolphin — Milo Winter (1919) [1]

One day long ago, some sailors set out to sea in their sailing ship. One of them brought his pet monkey along for the long journey.

When they were far out at sea, a terrible storm overturned their ship. Everyone fell into the sea, and the monkey was sure that he would drown. Suddenly a dolphin appeared and picked him up.

They soon reached the island and the monkey came down from the dolphin’s back. The dolphin asked the monkey,

“Do you know this place?”

The monkey replied,

“Yes, I do. In fact, the king of the island is my best friend. Do you know that I am actually a prince?”

Knowing that no one lived on the island, the dolphin said,

“Well, well, so you are a prince! Now you can be a king!”

The monkey asked,

“How can I be a king?”

As the dolphin started swimming away, he answered,

“That is easy. As you are the only creature on this island, you will naturally be the king!”

Moral of the story: Those who lie and boast may end up in trouble.

Questions to ponder:

  • Why do you think the monkey lied and boasted?
  • What would have happened if the monkey had told dophin the truth that he was new to the island? Do you think the dolphin could have helped the monkey ?
  • What do you think about people who tell lies?
  • When was the last time you lied and why?
  • What is the importance of telling the truth?

[1] Source: The Monkey and the Dolphin

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