THE APES AND THE TWO TRAVELLERS
Two men were travelling together. One of them never told the truth. The other never told a lie. On their way, they came to the land of apes. The King of the Apes heard of their arrival, and he ordered, "Bring the travellers before me!". He wanted to impress them with his magnificence. So, he received them sitting on his throne, and the apes, his subjects, were on either side of him. When the travellers came into his presence, he asked them a question, "What do you think of me as a king?". The lying traveller said, "Sire, every one must see that you are a most noble and mighty king." "And what do you think of my subjects?", the king asked, and the traveller said, "They are in every way worthy of their master." The king of apes was very happy with these answers and he gave a very nice present to the lying traveller. The other traveller thought that if the king rewarded his friend for his lies, he would give him a greater reward for telling the truth. So, when the king asked, "And what is your opinion?", he replied, "I think you are a very fine Ape, and all your subjects are fine Apes too." However, the king got very angry with this answer and ordered the apes to kill him.