A MAN of humble1 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
valid2 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 exertions3 to the top branch, where he sat,
all bedaubed with the pitch which that vegetable exudes4. "Now," he
added, "I am a self-made Monkey."