78. The Spider, The Hyena, and the Chain (3)

The wise man gave Spider the charm as he'd promised and rode away on Hyena.
Spider shouted, "Tie her with a chain! Not a leather cord!"
But the man couldn't hear him. "What did Spider say?" he asked Hyena.
"Tie me with a leather cord," replied Hyena, "not a chain."
When the man got home, he tied Hyena with a leather cord. 
In the night, Hyena ate the cord, and then she ate all the man's goats and chickens too.
Hyena was very angry at Spider for the way he had tricked her, but the magic charm kept Spider safe.
[a Hausa story from northern Nigeria]

Inspired byFifty Hausa Folktales by A. J. N. Tremearne.
Notes: This is a continuation of The Wise Man, Hyena, and Spider and Riding Hyena.

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