TURTLE SHOWS HIS STRENGTH
One night Miss Meadows and the gals they begun a candy-pulling, and so many of the neighbors come in response to the invite that they had to put the molasses in the wash pot and boil the fire in the yard.
Brer Bear, he help Miss Meadows bring the wood, Brer Fox, he mind the fire, Brer Wolf, he kept the dogs off, Brer Rabbit, he grease the bottom of the plates for to keep the candy from sticking, and Brer Terrapin, he climb up in a chair, and say he'd watch and see that the molasses didn't boil over.
"Now then, ladies an' gents," says Brer Terrapin, says he, "you all go with Brer Bear up there in the woods an' I'll stay here, an' when you hear me holler, then's the time for Brer Bear for to see if he can haul in the slack of the rope. You all take care of that there end," says he, "an' I'll take care of this here end," says he.
Brer Bear he wrap the bed-cord round his hand, and wink at the gals, and with that he give a big jerk, but Brer Terrapin ain't budge. Then he take both hands and give a big pull, but, all the same, Brer Terrapin ain't budge.
Then he turn round, he did, and put the rope cross his shoulders and try to walk off with Brer Terrapin, but Brer Terrapin look like he don't feel like walking.
Then Brer Wolf he put in and help Brer Bear pull, but just like he didn't, and then they all help him, and, bless gracious! Whiles they was all a pulling, Brer Terrapin, he holler, and ask 'em why they don't take up the slack.
Then when Brer Terrapin feel 'em quit pulling, he dove down, he did, and untie the rope, and by the time they got to the branch, Brer Terrapin, he was sitting in the edge of the water just as natural as the next one, and he up and say, says he, "That last pull of yourn was a mighty stiff one, an' a little more an' you'd've had me," says he. "You are monstrous stout, Brer Bear," says he, "an' you pulls like a yoke of steers, but I sort of had the purchase on you," says he.
Then Brer Bear, beings his mouth begun to water after the sweetening, he up and say he expect the candy's ripe, and off they put after it!