Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
196. The Fox and the Monkey (Perry 14)
A FOX and a Monkey were traveling together on the same road. As they
journeyed, they passed through a cemetery full of monuments. 'All these
monuments which you see,' said the Monkey, 'are erected in honor of my
ancestors, who were in their day freedmen and citizens of great renown.'
The Fox replied, 'You have chosen a most appropriate subject for your
falsehoods, as I am sure none of your ancestors will be able to contradict
A false tale often betrays itself.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google