[H]owever different an ape may fancy he is, the glory of the ape is that as he is now so he always has been, unchangeable and unchanged.
– Higher Apes in the upper branches in The Ape p.284 from V.S. Pritchett Complete Collected Stories
We’ve read many short stories in a long life but The Ape is certainly one of the more interesting ones.
V.S. Pritchett is, of course, a fine storyteller.
We recently purchased his Complete Collected Stories and wading through it with great delight.