~ 148. Anansi and Goolin's Wife ~


There was a man named Goolin, and his wife stopped speaking.
Goolin offered a reward if someone could make his wife speak again.
Anansi said, "Make a coffin, lie down inside, and get some men to carry the coffin."
Then Anansi told Goolin's wife, "Your husband's dead!"
She cried, but didn't speak.
Then the men came with the coffin, and Anansi sang, "Goolin gone, t'de-e-e! Goolin gone home t'da-a-a!
The wife hummed softly.
Anansi sang louder; Goolin's wife sang softly.
Anansi sang louder; she sang louder too!
Then Goolin jumped out, his wife started speaking, and Anansi got his reward.


Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 96 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Thomas White; additional information in Beckwith's notes.


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