Willy M'Gee's Monkey
Extract, Short Fiction, Drollery
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
Animal Behaviour, Human Species, Medical Practitioners
The narrator relates an anecdote about his pet monkey who, dressed in Highland dress, was mistaken by a Highlander for a tradesman. Introducing the anecdote, he observes: 'I dinna think that monkeys are beasts ava. I hae a half notion that they are just wee hairy men that canna, or rather that winna speak, in case they be made to work like ither folk, instead of leading a life of idleness' (218). On the Highlander handing him a banknote, the monkey looked at it 'as if to see that it wasna a forgery' shaking his head 'like a doctor, when he's no very sure what's wrang wi' a person, but wants to mak' it appear that he kens a' about it' (219).
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