~ 60. Tiger in the Yam-Patch ~


Anansi wanted Tiger to kill his son.
"I'll send Cunning-More-Than-Father to get yams," Anansi said. "You hide in the yam-patch and kill him."
While Tiger and Anansi talked, Cunning-More-Than-Father was under the table, listening.
Next day, Anansi told Cunning-More-Than-Father, "Go get yams."
Cunning-More-Than-Father went to the yam-patch, but not too close. 
"Hello, yams!" he shouted.
Silence.
He shouted louder. "Hello there, yams!"
Tiger didn't know what to do.
"Anansi wants me to get the talking yams," shouted Cunning-More-Than-Father.
"Talking yams are here!" replied Tiger.
Cunning-More-Than-Father laughed and ran away before Tiger could grab him.
And Anansi didn't get any yams.


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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