Once there was a peddler who sold caps. But he was not like an ordinary peddler carrying his wares on his back. He carried them on the top of his head…He walked up and down the streets, holding himself very straight so as not to upset his caps. As he went along he called, ‘Caps! Caps for sale! Ten Rupees a cap!’
One morning [the peddler] couldn’t sell any caps. He walked up and down the street calling “Caps! Caps for sale. Ten Rupees a cap.” But nobody wanted any caps…. He began to feel very hungry, but he had no money for lunch. “I think I’ll go for a walk in the country,” said he. And he walked out of town, slowly, so as not to upset his caps…He walked for a long time until he came to a tree. And he sat down very slowly, under the tree and leaned back little by little against the tree trunk so as not to disturb the caps on his head…[and] he went to sleep.
When [the peddler] woke up he was refreshed and rested. But before standing up he felt with his hand to make sure his caps were in the right place. But they were gone. Stolen. He looked to the right of him. No caps. He looked to the left of him. No caps. He looked up into the tree… And what do you think he saw? On every branch sat a monkey. On every monkey was…a cap. He did not know what to do.
Finally he spoke to them, shaking his finger, saying: “You monkeys, you!
You give me back my caps. But the monkeys simply shook their fingers back at him and said “Tsz. Tsz. Tsz.”
This made the peddler angry, so he spoke to them again, shaking two hands at them: “You monkeys, you! You give me back those caps”
But the monkeys simply shook two hands at the peddler and said “Tsz. Tsz. Tsz.”
By this time the peddler was very angry, so he spoke to them again, stamping his feet: “You monkeys, you! You give me back those caps”
But the monkeys simply stamped their feet and said “Tsz. Tsz. Tsz.”
At last he became so angry he pulled off his own cap and threw it on the ground. And you know what the monkeys did? They took off their caps and threw them on the ground
So now all the peddler had to do was pick up the caps and he was back in business. And so he did, and slowly, slowly, he walked back into town calling “Caps! Caps for sale. Ten Rupees a cap.”