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light come. An' de ol' fox he went off an' left de ol' rabbit, an' got his an' come back home. Den went over to de ol' rabbit's house. Says, "I know where a whole lot of apples an' oranges is. Come on, Mr. Rabbit, an' go with me!" Went on with him home. Said, they begin to fuss an' quarrel. Said, after a while de fox says, "Mr. Rabbit, jump in my chist! a whole lot of hound-dogs is comin' after you." He got in de chist, an' de ol' fox begin' to shut de do', fastened de chist-lid down, put him a kittle of water on de fire, begin to bore holes in de chist. De rabbit would say, "What are you doin', Mr. Fox?" — "I'm goin' to give you air." Then he got his kittle of water an' begin to pour into the little cracks. The rabbit would say, —
"Chick a flea
De ol' fox say, "Turn over on de oder side."
10. PAY ME NOW.
Bout de fox an' de goose. Once de ol' fox went to de ol' goose's nest, an' said, "Mrs. Goose, I want them little baby." She said, "Please don't take my little babies! To-morrow mornin' come over soon, an' I will go with you where ol' hawg got a whole lot o' little baby-pigs." 1 An' the nex' mornin' they went. An' she got up on top of the log an' he at de do'.* An' de ol' dawg got after de fox, an' he run, an' call out, "I'll pay yer for it, Mis' Goose! I'll pay yer!" 0l' Goose was flyin'. An' she say, "Pay me now, pay me now!"
De rabbit tol' de fox he knowed where dere was some geese hid. An' de fox he went to git de geese. An' de dawg was in dere, an' dedawg after de fox an' chased de fox; an' he run, an' he says, "Brother Rabbit, I'll pay you for this." An' de rabbit says to de fox, "Pay me now!" De fox says, "I ain't got time to tarry here now, for de greyhounds is on behind." An' de fox he run so hard an' he run all night long, an' just at sun-up he crossed over de mountins; an' de sun lookin' so red behind de fox, he says, "I run so hard, I set dis old world on fire, an' now I'm runnin' by de light of it."
II. TALKS TOO MUCH.4
Man goin' along found skeleton of a man's head. "0l' Head, how come you here?" — "Mouth brought me here. Mouth's goin' to bring you here." He goes up to de town an" tellin' about de ol' head. A great crowd of people went with him down there. They called on this head to talk to them. The head never said nothin'. They fell on this feller an' beat him. The ol' Head turned an' said, "Didn't I tell you Mouth was goin' to bring you here?"
1 Informant 2. Compare Jacottet I : 40.
* Variant: "Mr. Fox, you Stan' right here. De ol' hawg goin' come out." Ol' Fox went out his hole. De ol' goose commence peckin' on de log to scare out de hawg. De ol' dawg come.
1 Informant 1.
4 Informant 6. Heard in Greensborough.
In slave'y time colored man travellin' 'long came to where dere was a terrapin. Terrapin spoke to him. Said, "One day you shall be free." He done him so much good, he jus' couldn' keep it. Goes up to his master's house, an' says, "A terrapin spoke to me this mornin'." An' his master say, "What did he say?" — "One day you shall be free." — "I'm goin' down here, an' if this terrapin don't talk to me, I'm goin' to whip you to death." So he called upon de terrapin, an' he went back in his house. He commence whippin' dis colored feller. He near by whipped him to death. So de ol' terrapin raised up on his legs an* says, "It's bad to talk too much."
12. DIVIDING THE SOULS.2
One time a colored man an' a white man out hick'ry-nut huntin'. Found big hick'ry nut an' small walnut. Lay 'em up on de gatepost. Go into de graveyard. Say, "We'll divide what we got. You take this one, an' I'll take the other." They divided all dey had in de graveyard. Then said, "We'll go up to de gate-pos' an' divide. You take the black, an' I'll take the white." Man on outside goin' along, an' he heard 'em talkin'. An" he become frighten. An' he went back to his neighbor's house where there was an ol' man had the rheumatism. An' he said, "You go with me. I'll tote you." Goes on with him, an' he says, "Jesus Christ an' the Devil is up there dividin' up the dead." An' when they got along near the gate-post says, "You take the black one, an' I'll take the white one." So he throws this white man down, an' he run off. An' the ol' man beat him back home.3
13. THE INSULT MIDSTREAM.*
De rabbit went to de river, an' he couldn't git across, an' wanted de elephant to carry him across on his back. An" de elephant said he couldn't carry him. An' de rabbit said, "If you carry me across, I'll pay you." An' de rabbit says to de elephant, "Oh, you so slow, you not get across to-night." An' de elephant says to de rabbit, "What did you say?" Rabbit says, "Nuffin. I says good piece to de bank yet." Then, when de elephant got close enough fur de rabbit to jump off him, de rabbit'jumped off, an* he says to de elephant, "You old scoundrel, you! you wouldn' get across to-night nohow."
1 Informant 6.
1 Informant 6. See this number, p. 215. 'Compare this number, p. 184. 4 Informant I. Compare Parsons, II. VOL. XXX.—NO. 116.—12.
14. WATCHER TRICKED.
Once dere was an ol' frawg an* rabbit fell out over a 'possum. An' said, de ol' rabbit an* frawg did hung (fit) [fight]. An' de ol' 'possum it clamb de tree. An' de ol' frawg said to de 'possum, "Ain't you goin' to help me out?" De ol' 'possum still staid up de tree. An' de rabbit tol' de frawg if de 'possum wouldn't come down, to watch it till he run to de house an' git de axe. De 'possum says, "Mr. Frawg, look up de tree." An* de 'possum had filled his mouth full o' tobacker. An' when de frawg looked up de tree, de 'possum spit his eyes full of 'backer-juice. So when de rabbit come, "Mr. Frawg, where is Mr. 'Possum?" So de rabbit said, "I'm goin' to kill you." So he sang back, an' oder old frawg, "I'm goin' to have your head an' guts." *
Said once dere was a terpin an' a frawg. De terpin lived two or three miles from de frawg's house. De ol' frawg had a knack ev'ry night of blockin' de path. De terpin was goin' to kill de frawg. So de terpin went home after his axe, an' he tol' ol' Rabbit to watch Frawg while he was gone. So de ol' frawg he jumped into de brushpile. After a while de terpin come back. Says, "Mr. Rabbit, where is Mr. Frawg?" Says, "He's in dat brush-pile." So he hid down on de brush-pile. An' de ol' frawg jumped into a hole of water an" begin to sing, —
"You can't git me now,
15. THE INSULT MIDSTREAM;* WATCHER TRICKED; MOCK FUNERAL.
Once on a time as a rabbit went on his journey. He came to river that he couldn't cross. Mr. Fox being near, and seeing his condition, said, "Get into my ear, and I will carry you across for ten dollars." Mr. Rabbit got into Mr. Fox's ear, and was carried safely across. After reaching the other side, Mr. Fox ask for his pay. Mr. Rabbit jumped out and ran into a hole near by.
After this, Mr. Fox ask Mr. Red-Bird to get a shovel to dig him out.
1 Informant 7. See No. 15. Compare Jones, XXXVIII, XLIII; Harris I : X; Harris 2 : XLVII; MAFLS 2 : us. 1 Informant 7. 1 Informant 8. See No. 13; also p. 233.
Mr. Red-Bird went after the shovel. While he was gone, Mr. Rabbit threw dirt in Mr. Fox's eyes. So when Mr. Red-Bird came back, Mr. Rabbit could not be found, as Mr. Fox's eyes was filled with dirt and he didn't know which way he was gone.1 So he was deprived again of his dime.
After a period of wandering, Mr. Rabbit was asked to a party, but he would not go in. So he [Mr. Fox] was deprived of his dime once more.
Mr. Fox planned again. This time he died, and his request was that Mr. Rabbit should prepare him for his burial. But Mr. Rabbit said he never believe Mr. Fox was dead unless he turned over. So he turned over. And Mr. Rabbit ran off laughing, and saying, "I never saw a dead man turn over before." 2
16. BRUSH-HEAP A-FIRE.3
Come 'long de rabbit. Seed de terpin in de brush-heap. "What are you doin' dere?" — "Waitin' fur company." Tol' him go 'long with him, he'd be company. Started along wid him. Couldn't keep up wid him. De rabbit said, "You better go back where you was." — "If I knew you was going to do this, I'd not come along." Old Turtle crawled back. "Where are you now?" — " In de brush-heap." 0l' Rabbit set de brush-heap on fire. (Done him up.) "I reckon you'll run now!" —"No, I'll crawl, I reckon." — "You'll do it mighty fas'."
17. THE SPITTING HANT.4
Said that a man went to camp. An' they fix the supper down before the fire. An' said there was a man come down the steps an' hawked an' spitted over his fry meat. He tol' him he better not do that any mo'. Said he hawked an' spitted again. Said the man cursed-him, an' he tore him to pieces. Said the sperit tore his entrails out. An' hung him up in the joisters.
Travellin' in the country, sellin' tobacker. 'Plied at ol' school-house to stay all night. 'Long came ol' big hant — eyes equal to moons, head equal to a barrel, a tail six or seven feet long. He settin' up to de fire. An' he spit over his master's tea. Dis colored man says, "Don't you do dat no more." Chum! Spit. Nex''ply was, "Don't you do dat no more. I hit you sure." Chum! Colored man struck him. An' dis big hant an' the colored man ran 'round de house. His master run to de door 'cause he extra man. He called to his master to he'p him. Master replied, "He's reachin' up an' tearin' off de pieces. I can't go in." Den he went on to de neighbor's house. He called to de neighbor, "Would you go back an" he'p me?" This has been often de case — people tore up dere.
1 See p. 178.
» Compare Jones. XLVI; Harris 2 :LXII; MAFLS 3 : 76 (XV); Parsons, XLI; Pub. Folk-Lore Soc. 55 : V; Smith, 9-10. • Informant 9. Compare Jones, I.
« Informant 2. Compare Harris 2 : LV; JAFL 13 : 26 (VII); Parsons, LXXXIX. 6 Informant 5.
18. FIDDLING FOR THE DEVIL.1
Man's wife a-been a-tellin' him not to go playin' the fiddle so much. Man had been gone six months. He saw a man comin' on a nice black horse. He said he wouldn't trouble him but for two tunes. The Devil's black joke was the last tune. He come off his horse, an' he got down an' he danced it. When he danced, he give him fifty cents in money. An' that was horse-manure. When he went home, he put his hand in his pocket, an' it was nothin' but horse-manure. Devil had a club foot. "Now," said she, "you been playin' the fiddle for the Devil." An' he never went no more.
19. "fixed." l
Man went to a man's house to stay all night. Man of house said, "I tell you my case." Woman was keeping his wife from having a child — fixed her. (Heap cu'ious things in de worl'.) Told him next morning what to do. Send servant to neighbor's house after fire. Somebody settin" at chimney ask, "How is the mistress?" — "Well as she could be expected of. She had a fine son." She reached up the chimney-corner an' pulled down a sack. Out popped something. She said, "God's above the Devil." When he [the servant?] got back, she did have a fine son, sure enough.
20. Alligator's Tail; In The Briar-patch.*
Ol' 'Possum tol' ol' Rabbit one day, if he get him a piece of ol' Alligator's tail, he'd give him forty dollars. He studied an' studied about it, an' he didn't know what to do about it. One day he came along ol' Alligator, an' dey walked an' talked an' walked an' talked an' went a long ways together. Rabbit he had a little hatchet in his overcoat-pocket, an' he chopped off alligator's tail, an' picked it up an' run with it. Alligator said, "Never mind, never mind! Match yer for it, match yer for it, if it take yer seven year!" Ol' Rabbit turned 'round. "Meet in such a field, ol' straw field, fight about it, see about it." They meet tha'. Ol' Alligator got there first. Ol' Rabbit
1 Informant 9. 'Informant 4. See this number, pp. 171, 225.