~ 93. Anansi, Agouti and the Fish-Traps ~


Anansi and Agouti were fishing partners.
They checked their fish-traps: there were many fish, but the fish were small.
"There will be bigger fish tomorrow," said Anansi. "You take these."
"You take them," said Agouti. "I'll take the bigger fish tomorrow."
The next day, there were bigger fish, but only a few.
"There will be more fish tomorrow," said Anansi. "You take these."
"You take them," said Agouti. "I'll take more fish tomorrow."
So it went, day after day: Anansi got all the fish, and Agouti got none because he preferred the fish of tomorrow to the fish of today.



Inspired byThe Magic Pot: Nansi Stories from the Caribbean by Odeen Ishmael
Notes: This is story 16. Nansi's Fish Traps. The story starts with Agouti doing all the work to make the traps. In the end, though, Anansi tries to sell the used traps and is ashamed.

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