The Monkey and the Turtle
Monkey, looking very sad and dejected, was walking along the bank of the riverone day when he met a turtle.
ow are you?" asked the turtle, noticing that he looked sad.
he monkey replied, "Oh, my friend, I am very hungry. The squash of Mr. Farmerwere all taken by the other monkeys, and now I am about to die from want of food."
o not be discouraged," said the turtle; "take a bob and follow me and we will stealsome banana plants."
o they walked along together until they found some nice plants which they dug up,and then they looked for a place to set them. Finally the monkey climbed a tree andplanted his in it, but as the turtle could not climb he dug a hole in the ground and sethis there.
hen their work was finished they went away, planning what they should do withtheir crop. The monkey said:
hen my tree bears fruit, I shall sell it and have a great deal of money."
nd the turtle said: "When my tree bears fruit, I shall sell it and buy three varas of cloth to wear in place of this cracked shell."
few weeks later they went back to the place to see their plants and found that thatof the monkey was dead, for its roots had had no soil in the tree, but that of the turtlewas tall and bearing fruit.
will climb to the top so that we can get the fruit," said the monkey. And he sprangup the tree, leaving the poor turtle on the ground alone.
lease give me some to eat," called the turtle, but the monkey threw him only agreen one and ate all the the ripe ones himself.
hen he had eaten all the good bananas, the monkey stretched his arms around thetree and went to sleep. The turtle, seeing this, was very angry and considered how he