44 THE HEART OF A MONKEY
children,' he said, at length, ' but if you are here at the same time to-morrow I will give you another treat.'
' Thank you, thank you,' said the shark, showing all his great ugly teeth as he grinned with delight; ' you can't guess how happy you have made me,' and he swam away into the shadow, hoping to sleep away the time till the monkey came again.
For weeks the monkey and the shark breakfasted together, and it was a wonder that the tree had any fruit left for them. They became fast friends, and told each other about their homes and their children, and how to teach them all they ought to know. By and bye the monkey became rather discontented with his green house in a grove of palms beyond the town, and longed to see the strange things under the sea which he had heard of from the shark. The shark perceived this very clearly, and described greater marvels, and the monkey as he listened grew more and more gloomy.
Matters were in this state when one day the shark said: ' I really hardly know how to thank you for all your kindness to me during these weeks. Here I have nothing of my own to offer you, but if you would only consent to come home with me, how gladly would I give you anything that might happen to take your fancy.'
' I should like nothing better,' cried the monkey, his teeth chattering, as they always did when he was pleased. ' But how could I get there ? Not by water. Ugh ! It makes me ill to think of it ! '
' Oh ! don't let that trouble you,' replied the shark, ' you have only to sit on my back and I will undertake that not a drop of water shall touch you.'
So it was arranged, and directly after breakfast next morning the shark swam close up under the tree and the monkey dropped neatly on his back, without