The Monkey and the Looking-glass
in a wood somehow got a looking-glass, and went
about showing it to the animals around him. The bear
looked into it and said he was very sorry he had such an
ugly face. The wolf said he would fain have the face of a
its beautiful horns. So every beast felt sad that it had not
the face of some other in the wood.
The monkey then took it to an owl that had witnessed the
whole scene. "No," said the owl, "I would not look into
it, for I am sure, in this case as in many others, knowledge
is but a source of pain."
"You are quite right," said the beasts, and broke the glass
to pieces, exclaiming, "Ignorance is bliss!"