once a twelve-year-old boy was traveling around the world by sea. his father was the captain of the ship.
now, the ship was sailing home at last.
it was a pleasant day. all the passengers were on the deck.
a monkey was making funny faces at the passengers. it became funnier as more passengers came closer, enjoying its tricks.
suddenly the monkey ran towards the captain's son and took his hat. it then put the hat on its own head. soon after that, it climbed up the mast（桅杆）.
everyone laughed, but the boy was not sure whether to laugh or cry. it had come as a surprise.
the monkey sat on the first cross beam（横梁） of the mast. it took off the hat and began to tear it. it teased and made faces at the boy.
it was just too much for him. he shouted, "you terrible creature! return my hat or you are going to pay for it."
the crowd laughed louder and the boy turned red with anger. he went after（追赶） the monkey on the mast. the monkey continued to climb higher.
"i am not going to spare（饶恕） you," the boy shouted, as he continued to climb higher and higher. finally both of them reached the top of the mast.
the monkey stretched itself to its full length and hung what remained of the hat on the end of the yard arm. then it climbed to the very tip of the mast and sat there, making fun of the boy.
the distance from the mast to the yard arm, where the hat hung, was about two yards.
to reach the hat, the boy would have to let go of the rope and the mast.
he was not bothered about the danger involved, as his mind was focused only on getting the hat.
everyone on the deck froze with fear when they saw that the boy had stepped onto the spar without support.
one wrong step, and he will fall hard to the floor of the ship, which will lead to death.
everyone waited to see what would happen next.
but someone from the crowd cried in fear! the boy looked down and began to teeter（摇晃）.
just then the captain of the ship came on deck. he was carrying a gun to shoot seagulls.
the captain stood still upon seeing his son on the mast.
then he aimed the gun at his son and shouted, "jump into the water or i will shoot you. one, two, three . . ."
everyone looked up, not certain of what the boy would do.
the boy then jumped into the sea.
and at the same time, twenty sailors jumped into the sea, rescued the boy and brought him back on board.
they pressed his stomach and water came out from his mouth and nose. then he began to breathe.
the captain walked to his cabin with proud steps.
once he was there, he closed the door and he began to cry.
he had come very close to losing his only son.
with great presence of mind, he had made his son leap into life, instead of falling to his death.
for his son, it was a leap of faith: faith in his father that made him jump into the ocean as he was told.
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