Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby

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    retold by

    S.E. Schlosser

    Well now, that rascal Brer Fox hated Brer Rabbit on account of he was always cutting capers and bossing everyone around. So Brer Fox decided to capture and kill Brer Rabbit if it was the last thing he ever did! He thought and he thought until he came up with a plan. He would make a tar baby! Brer Fox went and got some tar and he mixed it with some turpentine and he sculpted it into the figure of a cute little baby. Then he stuck a hat on the Tar Baby and sat her in the middle of the road.

    Brer Fox hid himself in the bushes near the road and he waited and waited for Brer Rabbit to come along. At long last, he heard someone whistling and chuckling to himself, and he knew that Brer Rabbit was coming up over the hill. As he reached the top, Brer Rabbit spotted the cute little Tar Baby. Brer Rabbit was surprised. He stopped and stared at this strange creature. He had never seen anything like it before!

    "Good Morning," said Brer Rabbit, doffing his hat. "Nice weather we're having."

    The Tar Baby said nothing. Brer Fox laid low and grinned an evil grin.

    Brer Rabbit tried again. "And how are you feeling this fine day?"

    The Tar Baby, she said nothing. Brer Fox grinned an evil grin and lay low in the bushes.

    Brer Rabbit frowned. This strange creature was not very polite. It was beginning to make him mad.

    "Ahem!" said Brer Rabbit loudly, wondering if the Tar Baby were deaf. "I said 'HOW ARE YOU THIS MORNING?"

    The Tar Baby said nothing. Brer Fox curled up into a ball to hide his laugher. His plan was working perfectly!

    "Are you deaf or just rude?" demanded Brer Rabbit, losing his temper. "I can't stand folks that are stuck up! You take off that hat and say 'Howdy-do' or I'm going to give you such a lickin'!"

    The Tar Baby just sat in the middle of the road looking as cute as a button and saying nothing at all. Brer Fox rolled over and over under the bushes, fit to bust because he didn't dare laugh out loud.

    "I'll learn ya!" Brer Rabbit yelled. He took a swing at the cute little Tar Baby and his paw got stuck in the tar.

    "Lemme go or I'll hit you again," shouted Brer Rabbit. The Tar Baby, she said nothing.

    "Fine! Be that way," said Brer Rabbit, swinging at the Tar Baby with his free paw. Now both his paws were stuck in the tar, and Brer Fox danced with glee behind the bushes.

    "I'm gonna kick the stuffin' out of you," Brer Rabbit said and pounced on the Tar Baby with both feet. They sank deep into the Tar Baby. Brer Rabbit was so furious he head-butted the cute little creature until he was completely covered with tar and unable to move.

    Brer Fox leapt out of the bushes and strolled over to Brer Rabbit. "Well, well, what have we here?" he asked, grinning an evil grin.












    Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby: From Brer Rabbit at Americanfolklore.net












    Nothing racist here.. move along folks.
     
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    One of the great stories of Karmic retribution in American literature. Basic conclusion, getting angry over nothing only gets you hurt.
    Had Brer Rabbit just moved on and left good enough alone, he wouldn't have got in trouble.

    Of course, the next story, Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch is even better and a better lesson.
     
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    racist :cool:
     

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