The Self-Made Monkey
A Man of humble birth and no breading, who held
a high political office, was passing through a forest, when he
met a Monkey. "I take it you are one of my constituents," the
Man said. "No," replied the Monkey; "but I will support you if
you can urge a valid claim to my approval." "I am a self-made
man," said the other, proudly.
"That is nothing," the Monkey said. And going to a bigger pine, he
rose by his own unaided exertions to the top branch, where he sat,
all bedaubed with the pitch which that vegetable exudes. "Now," he
added, "I am a self-made Monkey."