A Fox and a Monkey were traveling together on the same road.
As they journeyed, they passed through a cemetery full of
"All these monuments which you see," said the Monkey, "are
erected in honor of my ancestors, who were in their day
freedmen and citizens of great renown."
The Fox replied, "You have chosen a most appropriate subject
for your falsehoods, as I am sure none of your ancestors will
be able to contradict you."
A false tale often betrays itself.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)