The Apes and the Two Travellers
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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 travelers before me!” He wanted to impress them with his magnificence. So, he received them sitting on his throne. When the travelers came in, he asked them a question, “What do you think of me as a king?” The lying traveler said, “Sire, you are a most noble and mighty king.”
The king of apes was very happy with this answer and he gave a very nice present to the lying traveler. The other traveler 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.” However, the king got very angry with this answer and ordered the apes to kill him.