Wednesday, December 12, 2018

C059. The Fool and the Persimmons

25. African Jack. Text Source: Nights with Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris. Online at Project Gutenberg. I have removed the frame material and standardized the spelling.


I knowed a black man one time, what took a notion that he want a bite of persimmons, and the more what the notion took him, the more what he want 'em, and by and by, it look like he just naturally pleased to have 'em. He want the persimmons, and there they is in the tree. He mouth water, and there hang the persimmons.

Now then what do that black man do? When you and me wants persimmons, we goes and shakes the tree, and if they're good and ripe, down they comes, and if they're good and green, there they stays.

But this here other black man, he too smart for that. He just took and took he stand under the tree, and he open he mouth, he did, and wait for the persimmons for to drop in there. They ain't none drop in yet, and what's more, there ain't none going to drop in there.

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