THE wild animals, it is said, were once asembled at Lion's. When Lion was asleep, Jackal persuaded Little Fox to twist a rope of ostrich sinews, in order to play Lion a trick. They took ostrich sinews, twisted them, and fastened the rope to Lion's tail, and the other end of the rope they tied to a shrub. When Lion awoke, and saw that he was tied up, he became angry, and called the animals together. When they had assembled, Lion said [using this form of conjuration]--
Then answered the animatl to whom the question was first put--
All answered the same; but when he asked Little Fox, Little Fox said--
Then Lion tore the rope made of sinews, and ran after Little Fox. But Jackal said:
"My boy, thou son of lean Mrs. Fox, thou wilt never be caught."
Truly Lion was thus beaten in running by Little Fox.
The text came from:
Honey, James A. South African Folk-tales. New York: Baker & Taylor Company, 1910.