Once the king and his wise counselor were out on a hunting trip. They stopped beneath some trees to feed their horses peas when suddenly; a young monkey swung down from the branch and grabbed a huge handful from the feeding trough.
Halfway back up the tree, a single pea slipped from the monkey’s furry hands, and in a desperate effort to catch it, he spilled all of the other peas to the forest floor.
The king and his counselor watched with amusement as the empty-handed monkey climbed and sat alone on a branch, staring sadly down at them.
The wise counselor chuckled and said to the king, “Good King, when far too greedy you be, remember that monkey and the pea.”