Ape-so’s fable #2
The Ape and the Dolphin
Once upon a time a man sailed to Athens with an ape in his ship. When he was near Sunium, at the edge of Attica, it happened that a violent storm arose. Once the ship was overturned and everyone was swimming in the sea, the ape swam too. Then a dolphin, seeing the ape and believing him to be a man, held the ape up and and carried him toward land. As they were getting near Piraeus, Athens’ port, the dolphin inquired of the ape whether he was Athenian by birth. When the ape said that not only was he Athenian, but his parents were the most illustrious in the city, the dolphin asked him further whether he knew Piraeus. The ape, supposing the dolphin to be speaking about a man, said that Piraeus was both a close friend and quite intimate with him. And then the dolphin, angry at so great a lie, dove down and killed him.