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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...de bed-cord hard en fas' ter wunner deze yer big clay-roots, en den he riz up en gin a woop. "Brer B'ar he wrop de bed-cord roun' his han', en wink at de gals, en wid dat he gin a big juk, but Brer Tarrypin ain't budge. Den he take bofe han's en gin a big pull, but, all de same, Brer Tarrypin ain't budge. Den he tu'n 'roun', he did, en put de rope cross his shoulders en try ter walk off wid Brer Tarrypin, but Brer Tarrypin look like he don't feel like walkin'. Den Brer Wolf, he put in en hope Brer B'ar pull, but dez like he didn't, en den dey all hope 'im, en, bless grashus! w'iles dey wuz all a-pullin', Brer Tarrypin, he holler, en ax um w'y dey don't take up de slack. Den w'en Brer Tarrypin feel um quit pullin', he dove down, he did, en ontie de rope, en by the time dey got ter branch, Brer Tarrypin, he wuz settin' in de aidge er de water des ez natchul ez de nex' un, en he up'n say, sezee: 'Brer Tarrypin tuck one eeu' er de bed-cord, en gun de yuther to Brer Bar." "' Dat las' wull er yone wuz a mighty stiff un, en a leetle mo'n you'd er had me,' sezee. 'Youer monstus stout, Brer B'ar,' sezee, ' en you pulls like a yoke er steers, but I sorter had de purchis on you,' sezee. "Den Brer B'ar, bciiVs his mouf'gun ter water atter de swectnin', he up'n say he speck de candy's ripe, en off dey put atter it!" "It's a wonder," said the little boy, after awhile, "that the rope didn't break." "Break who?" exclaimed Uncle Remus, with a touch of indignation in his tone--" break who? In dem days, Miss Meadows's bed-cord would a-hilt a mule." This put an end to whatever doubts the child might have entertained. XXVII. WHY MR. POSSUM HAS NO HAIR ON HIS TAIL. "Hit look like ter me," said Uncle Remus...
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After the first book appeared in 1880, Joel Chandler Harris was deluged with letters from readers all over the country asking for more stories of Brer Rabbit and his friends--so for the remaining years of his life he collected and wrote them. Richard Chase, noted folklorist and author of Jack Tales and Grandfather Tales, compiled and edited the volume after Harris s death, and his occasional footnotes and word definitions contribute to our understanding of the dialect. Chase s belief in the importance of folktales and Harris s work is summed up in his foreword: "These tales grew up in the soil of our nation. They came from the soul of a people. They endure."
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