Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
265. The Monkey and the Camel (Perry
THE BEASTS of the forest gave a splendid entertainment at which the Monkey
stood up and danced. Having vastly delighted the assembly, he sat down
amidst universal applause. The Camel, envious of the praises bestowed
on the Monkey and desiring to divert to himself the favor of the guests,
proposed to stand up in his turn and dance for their amusement. He moved
about in so utterly ridiculous a manner that the Beasts, in a fit of indignation,
set upon him with clubs and drove him out of the assembly.
It is absurd to ape our betters.
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