A Sailor, bound on a long voyage,
took with him a Monkey to amuse him
while on shipboard.
As he sailed off the coast of
Greece, a violent tempest arose, in
which the ship was wrecked, and he,
his Monkey and all the crew were
obliged to swim for their lives.
A Dolphin saw the Monkey contending
with the waves, and supposing him to
be a man (whom he is always said to
befriend), came and placed himself
under him, to convey him on his back
in safety to the shore.
When the Dolphin arrived with his
burden in sight of land not far from
Athens, he demanded of the Monkey if
he were an Athenian, who answered
that he was, and that he was
descended from one of the noblest
families in that city.
The Dolphin then inquired if he knew
the Pirĉus (the famous harbor of
The Monkey, supposing that a man was
meant, and being obliged to support
his previous lie, answered that he
knew him very well, and that he was
an intimate friend, who would, no
doubt, be very glad to see him.