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the place where the flesh was, and climbed a tree, and then she made a long hook and drew up the flesh and ate it. As for the boy, he did not see. Now she (again) descended to get the rest of the meat, but the boy saw (her), and he pulled the Hyæna towards him. But the Hyæna slipped out of the boy's hands, and ran away. After a little while the Spider came (while out for a) walk, and he saw the boy and the meat. So he said,—"O Boy, will you not give me your meat?" But he (boy) said,—"My meat is for carrying (me) on the back. If you will carry me on your back, you may eat (it)." So the Spider said,—"Oh (it is) for carrying on the back! Indeed carrying on the back is not difficult." So he (boy) said,—"Very well. Take me on your back first, and you may eat (it)." So it happened that the Spider lifted up the boy and put him on his back, and, when the Spider had put him on his back, he ate all the flesh. When the Spider had eaten the flesh, he said,—"O Boy, get down," but the boy refused. So the Spider took the boy to the female spider's house, and he (Spider) said to the female,—"Bring your stick and beat this boy." So it happened that the female brought a stick and came to beat the boy, but the boy moved to one side, and so she caught the Spider (instead). When the female spider hit him, the Spider fell down and died, and then the female spider ran away. So the boy got off the Spider's body. Then the boy went and threw himself into the water. Now of old the boy was an inhabitant of the water, (so) he returned to his home.


33. How the Goat and the Dog frightened the Hyæna. (S. D.)

This is about a Hyæna and a Dog. They were friends, and (the Hyæna)[1] said,—"Let us walk around and look for food." Then the Dog said,—"I shall not go." When he had said he would not go, the Hyæna went home. Then the Dog got up and went to the house of the He-goat, and said to him,—"Look here, the Hyæna asked (me) to go for a walk, but I am not going. So I arose and came to you (your house)." "It is well (better) that you came to me and told me," said the He-goat. Then he (He-goat) said,—"Well, let us go and visit the Hyæna's house."

  1. Evidently, from the context.