The monkey and the cat
A monkey and a cat lived in the same family, and it was hard to tell which was the greater thief. One day, as they were wandering about together, they saw some chestnuts roasting in the ashes of the fireplace. “Come,” said the monkey, “We shall have dinner. Your claws are better than mine for this job; you pull them out of the hot ashes and you can eat half.” Cat pulled them out one by one, burning her claws badly in doing so. When she had stolen them all, she found that the monkey had eaten every one.
What do we learn from this story?
From this story, we get two common English idioms. What do you think they mean?
1. To pull someone's chestnuts out of the fire.
2. To be a cat's paw.