There were two men. One who always spoke the
truth and the other who told nothing but lies.
They both were traveling together and by chance
came to the land of Apes.
One of the Apes, who had raised himself to be
king, commanded them to be caught and brought
before him so that he might know what was said
about him among men.
He ordered at the same time that all the Apes be
arranged in a long row on his right hand and on
his left. And he also ordered that a throne
should be placed for him, as was the conference
After these preparations he advised that the
two men should be brought before him, and
greeted them with this gesture: "What sort of
a king do I seem to you to be, O strangers?' The
Lying Traveler replied, "You seem to me a most
mighty king." "And what is your view of
those you see around me?' "These," he made
answer, "are worthy companions of yourself, fit
at least to be envoy and leaders of
The Ape and all his court, gratified with the
lie, commanded that a handsome present be given
to the flatterer.
On this the truthful Traveler thought to
himself, "If so great a reward be given for a
lie, with what gift may not I be rewarded, if,
according to my conference, I tell the truth?'
The Ape quickly turned to him. "And pray how do
I and these my friends around me seem to you?'
"Thou art," he said, "a most excellent Ape, and
all these the companions after the example are
excellent Apes too."
The King of the Apes, angry at hearing these
truths, gave him over to the teeth and claws of