~ 198. Anansi Owes Money ~

Anansi owed money to Hog, Dog, Monkey, and Tiger.
Knock-knock! Anansi let Hog in.
Knock-knock! "That's Dog. He hates you!" said Anansi. "Hide upstairs."
Anansi let Dog in.
Knock-knock! "That's Monkey. He hates you! Hide upstairs. Hog's up there; go on and kill him!"
Anansi let Monkey in.
Knock-knock! "That's Tiger. He hates you! Hide upstairs. Dog's up there; go on and kill him!"
Anansi let Tiger in.
"Monkey's upstairs; go on and kill him!"
Tiger ran upstairs.
Anansi removed the stairs.
When Tiger came down, he broke his neck.
So Anansi ate Tiger, Monkey, Dog, and Hog for dinner.

Inspired byJamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
Notes: This is story 45 in the book. Beckwith heard this story from Richard Morgan; additional information in Beckwith's notes. This wonderful chain tale features Hog, Dog, Monkey, Tiger, and Lion in the original, but I had to shorten it. I also switched it to be going upstairs; in the original, Anansi dug a ditch for the last victim (Lion).

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