~ 124. Anansi and the Fish-Children's Canoe ~


Anansi ate the eggs in the Fish-Mother's barrel, but she didn't know it.
"Take me home now!" he said to the Fish-Children.
So Anansi and the Fish-Children got in a canoe and began crossing the river.
Meanwhile, the Fish-Mother discovered what Anansi had done. "HE ATE ALL THE EGGS!" she yelled. "COME BACK!"
"What did she say?" asked the Fish-Children.
"She said: Squall's coming! Row fast!"
When they came ashore, Anansi grabbed the Fish-Children.
"HELP! HELP!" yelled the Fish-Children, but their mother couldn't hear them.
Then Anansi fried the fish and ate them.
That's how people learned to eat fish.


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. In Jekyll, Anansi tricks and kills the mermaid's son: The Sea-Mahmy, where the mermaid's son is a tarpon fish.


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