~ 59. Tiger in the Pepper-Plant ~


Anansi hated his son Cunning-More-Than-Father and wanted to kill him.
While Anansi plotted with Tiger, Cunning-More-Than-Father pretended to be asleep under the table, but he was listening.
"Help me kill him!" Anansi said to Tiger.
"I'll hide in the pepper-plant," Tiger said. "Send your son there."
At suppertime, Anansi said, "Son, go pick peppers from the pepper-plant!"
But Cunning-More-Than-Father took a stick from the fire and poked the pepper-plant. 
The fire-stick burned Tiger's face! Tiger screamed and ran away.
Cunning-More-Than-Father then told Anansi, "The pepper-plant screamed, so I didn't pick any peppers."
Anansi had to eat supper without any peppers.


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 23 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from George Parkes; additional information in Beckwith's notes. The story is composed of several different episodes; this is just one episode.


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