~ 96. Anansi and Rat ~

Rat liked to dress up in fine clothes, acting like he was better than everyone else.
Rat's proud ways made Anansi angry. 
So, at the next big dance, when Anansi's band was playing, Anansi got his revenge.
"Strut your stuff, Rat!" shouted Anansi. "Show us what you've got!"
Rat started to dance.
Then Anansi played faster. And Rat danced faster.
Anansi played even faster. And Rat danced even faster, jumping and leaping, twirling and whirling.
Rat's pants tore right down the middle.
Anansi laughed. Everybody laughed.
Rat ran and hid in his hole, and that's where Rat stays today.

Inspired by: Louise Bennett's story "Anancy an Ratta" as reported in The Caribbean Story Finder by Sharon Barcan Elswit.
Notes: This story is 249 in Elswit's index, from Bennett's book, Anancy and Miss Lou. There is also a version in Everal McKenzie's Anancy Stories, although Anansi is not part of his version; Cockroach is the leader of the band in his story: Boacy Rat.

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