The lion was a savage king whose palace was filled with the bones and rotting remains of animals he had killed. The stink was terrible.
When the bear entered the palace, he exclaimed, "What a stink!"
This made the lion angry and he killed the bear.
The monkey, however, flattered the king. "Your Highness, the palace smells even more wonderful than usual!"
The lion made the monkey his prime minister.
Then the fox arrived.
"Do you like the smell of the palace?" the lion asked.
"I have a cold, Sire," replied the fox, "and I've lost my sense of smell."
Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 20 in the book, which is not in Perry's catalog; this is an adaptation of La Fontaine.
(illustration by Grandville)