~ 110. Anansi and Dove's Wings ~


"You're so fat!" Anansi said to Dove. "Show me where you eat!"
Dove made wings for Anansi, and they flew to the feeding-trees by the river.
Dove landed on a tree and started eating, but Anansi said, "That tree's mine!" and ate all the fruit.
Dove flew to another tree.
"That's mine!" Anansi said and ate all the fruit.
Finally Anansi ate so much he fell asleep.
Dove was angry, so she took Anansi's wings off and then she flew away.
When Anansi woke up, he said, "Hey, where are my wings?"
Greedy Anansi then fell into the river and drowned.


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 39 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Mrs. Ramtalli; additional information in Beckwith's notes. The story refers to the dove as "white-belly." The story goes on to tell about Anansi's adventures with the fish (or, in Jekyll, with "sea-mahmy" or with alligator in Sherlock). Jekyll tells this story about Anansi and Blackbird and it's in the first part of Sherlock's "Anansi and the Alligator Eggs." Dance also tells this story as part of a cycle with alligator: "Bird Cherry Island."


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