Monkey See, Monkey Do
The monkey is a very cunning
little animal and is found in many parts of the world.
A lady once had a monkey, which had been brought to her as a present. This monkey, like all others, was very fond of mischief
and of doing whatever he saw others do.
found him one day sitting on her toilet table (梳妆台), holding in one hand a little china mug
with water in it, and in the other her toothbrush
, with which he was cleaning his teeth, looking all the time in the glass.
Her little daughter, Maria, had a large doll with a very handsome head and face. She one day left this doll in the cradle
, and went out of the room. The monkey came in, took the doll in his arms, and jumping upon the washstand
, he began to wash its face.
He first rubbed it all over with soap. Then seizing
, he dipped it in the wash bowl, and rubbed it so hard that the doll’s face was entirely spoiled, the paint being all washed off.
There have been many tales of monkeys who, armed with sticks, have joined together and made war or resisted theirenemies
with great effect. These are not true, as it is known that in their native state monkeys have no idea of weapons
The sticks and other missiles said to be thrown at travelers as they pass under the branches
of trees, are usually the dead branches, etc., accidentally broken off, as the monkeys, with the natural curiosity of their tribe
, pass along the tops of trees to watch the actions of the people below.
They can, however, be taught to use a stick, and to use it well. Some time ago, two Italians together owned an organ
and a monkey, by means of which they earned their living. During one of their exhibitions, a dog flew at the little monkey, which made its owners very angry.
They and the owner of the dog quarreled
about it, and at last it was agreed that the dog and the monkey should fight it out; the monkey, because he was smaller, was to be allowed a stick.
The monkey was taught what he was to do in the following manner: One of the Italians crawled on his hands and knees, barking like a dog, while the other got on his back, grasped his hair, and beat him about the head with a stick.
The monkey looked on with great gravity
, and, when the instruction was over, received the stick with the air of a man who knew his work and meant to do it.
Everything being settled the dog flew at the monkey with open mouth. The monkey immediately leaped on his back, and, grasping the dog’s ear, beat away at his head with such good will that his adversary
speedily gave in. The monkey, however, was not content with a mere victory
, but continued pounding
at the dog’s head until he left him senseless on the ground.
I. Paraphrase the underlined parts in the passage.
1. There have been many tales of monkeys who, armed with sticks, have joined together and __________________________.
2. ... as the monkeys, _____________________, pass along the tops of trees to watch the actions of the people below.
3. The monkey ______________, and, when the instruction was over, received the stick _________________ who knew his work and meant to do it.
II. Answer the questions.
1. What are the main traits of monkeys that are illustrated in the passage?
2. The author mentioned one thing about monkeys that is commonly considered true but in fact not. What is it?
3. What does the author aim to illustrate with the story of the two Italians and a monkey?
Do monkeys have the idea of weapons in their native state？