Rabbit Smells the Meat

"What's that smell?" Rabbit said to Man, wrinkling his nose. "It's that meat you're carrying! It stinks bad." Rabbit offered Man some rope. "Here, tie this rope onto that stinky meat and drag it behind you. That way the smell won't bother you."
"Thank you kindly," Man said. He tied the meat, but before he could continue walking home, Rabbit began talking to him about the weather and such, detaining him long enough for Monkey, his partner in crime, to untie the meat and tie a bag of rocks in its place.
Man dragged those rocks all the way home!

Inspired by: Folklore of the Antilles by Elsie Clews Parsons.
Notes: Parsons classifies this story as: Monkey Steals the Meat. You can find this story from Montserrat online at Hathi Trust. This is the first part of the story; you can read the second part here: Rabbit and Monkey Divide the Meat.



  1. haha what a gullible man, so easy for Rabbit to con him out of his meat!

    1. I once had a dream about Brer Rabbit being real. I'm so glad he isn't real or he would definitely con me!

    2. I imagine this particular man being young, tall, muscular, strong and good-looking, but tremendously trusting and gullible