The Prince’s Monkeys

Dancing Monkeys

There lived a Prince who had Monkeys which were trained to dance and act. Monkeys are naturally great mimics of men’s actions, they showed themselves most apt pupils, and when arrayed in their rich clothes and masks, they danced as well as any of the courtiers. The spectators were overjoyed and often requested to repeat the act with great applause.

On one occasion a courtier, acted mischievous, took from his pocket a handful of nuts and threw them upon the stage. The Monkeys at the sight of the nuts forgot their dancing and acting. They became (as indeed they were) Monkeys instead of actors. Pulling off their masks and tearing their robes, they fought with one another for the nuts. The dancing spectacle thus came to an end amidst the laughter and ridicule of the audience.

Lesson: Not everything you see is what it appears to be.

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