~ 49. Anansi Finds Lion in the Road ~

Lion played dead in the road.
Anansi found him and carried him home to eat.
"Look at this!" Anansi shouted. "Lion's dead!"
Anansi's wife shook Lion's tail; Lion shivered. "Lion's not dead!" she shouted.
"Yes, he is!" shouted Anansi.
Next, Anansi's wife pulled Lion's paw. "Lion's not dead!" she shouted.
"Yes, he is!" Anansi shouted.
Then Anansi's wife saw Lion's eyes were open. "Lion's not dead!" she shouted.
"ROAR!" yelled Lion.
"RUN!" yelled Anansi.
They ran to the rafters.
Anansi's wife fell down; Lion ate her.
Anansi jumped out the window and set the house on fire... with Lion inside!

Inspired byFolklore of the Antilles by Elsie Clews Parsons.
Notes: You can see Parsons' story and notes here. Parsons heard the story from Matilda Josepha. In the original story, Anansi's sons are part of the story along with his wife, but I condensed it to be just his wife.

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