340 TALE OF A TORTOISE AND A MONKEY
On his way home he met the monkey. ' Are you fond of milk ?' asked he. 'I know a place where you get it very nice. I will show you it if you like.' The monkey knew that the puma was not so good-natured for nothing, but he felt quite able to take care of himself, so he said he should have much pleasure in accompanying his friend.
They soon reached the same river, and, as before, the puma remarked: ' Friend monkey, you will find it very shallow ; there is no cause for fear. Jump in, and I will follow.'
' Do you think you have the stag to deal with ? ' asked the monkey, laughing. ' I should prefer to follow; if not I shall go no further.' The puma understood that it was useless trying to make the monkey do as he wished, so he chose a shallow place and began to swim across. The monkey waited till the puma had got to the middle, then he gave a great spring and jumped on his back, knowing quite well that the puma would be afraid to shake him off, lest he should be swept away into deep water. So in this manner they reached the bank.
The banana grove was not far distant, and here the puma thought he would pay the monkey out for forcing him to carry him over the river. ' Friend monkey, look what fine bananas,' cried he. ' You are fond of climbing; suppose you run up and throw me down a few. You can eat the green ones, which are the nicest, and I will be content with the yellow.'
' Very well,' answered the monkey, swinging himself up; but he ate all the yellow ones himself, and only threw down the green ones that were left. The puma was furious and cried out: ' I will punch your head for that.' But the monkey only answered : ' If you are going to talk such nonsense I won't walk with you.' And the puma was silent.
In a few minutes more they arrived at the field where