A Brer Rabbit Story

A Brer Rabbit Story Part II
When Brer Fox arrived, Brer Rabbit seemed to be sick.
When Brer Fox arrived, Brer Rabbit seemed to be sick.
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Here is part II of this Brer Rabbit story:

"Oh, Mister Fox, you shoulda known better! Y'see, I was born in dis here briar patch! I'm as happy as a crawfish in a river bed!" said Brer Rabbit.

Brer Fox was hoppin' mad. "I got to git dat rabbit good, once an' for all. He's a-goin' to Miss Goose's birthday party tomorrow, so I'm a-gonna make real friendly-like, an' go an' walk over to dat party with him. An' when we git to crossin' the river, I'm a-gonna throw dat rabbit in! He'll be gone for good, sure as shootin'!"

The next day, Brer Rabbit was at his house getting all spruced up for Miss Goose's party. When he saw Brer Fox come a-trottin' up his path, he wrapped himself up in a blanket and acted real sick-like.

"What's all this moanin' about, Rabbit?" asked Brer Fox.

"Oh, I'm sick as an ol' dawg, Mister Fox. I ain't a-gonna make it to Miss Goose's party after all," sighed Brer Rabbit.

"This is a-gonna help wit' my plan jus' fine," thought Brer Fox. He said to Brer Rabbit, "Now, you know you gonna be sorry if you miss dat party, Rabbit. I'm a-gonna carry you."

"You're mighty kind, Mister Fox. But surely I couldn't ride on your back without a saddle," said Brer Rabbit sneakily. Brer Fox went off to find a saddle. While he was gone, Brer Rabbit picked some flowers for Miss Goose and hid them under his blanket.

Brer Fox was happy to put on the saddle so Brer Rabbit could ride to the party.
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Brer Fox came back wearing a saddle. "Up you go," he said.

"You're mighty kind, Mister Fox, but surely I couldn't ride along in dis saddle without havin' a bridle to steer you along," said Brer Rabbit.

While Brer Fox went to fetch a bridle, Brer Rabbit rummaged around in his closet to find a brown paper bag. "I'm a-gonna give that fox a surprise he'll never forgit. He thinks he can outfox me, but I'm the foxiest rabbit this side of the Mississippi," Brer Rabbit said with chuckleness.

When Brer Fox returned, he was wearing a bridle as well as the saddle. He was all ready to go just like an old horse at the starting gate.

"Rabbit," he said, "Miss Goose ain't a-gonna take it kindly if we're late for her party. You climb on up here now, an' let's git a-goin'." He chuckled to himself, thinking that soon he would be rid of that rabbit forever.

"You're terrible kind to an ol' sick rabbit like me, Mister Fox," said Brer Rabbit with a groan. He climbed into the saddle, and they were on their way.

Soon they came to the river. As Brer Fox stepped onto the bridge he thought, "I'm a-gonna throw that buggery rabbit off into kingdom come. Yep, this is just the spot."

As they neared the bridge, both Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox prepared to put their plans in motion.
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But Brer Rabbit was ready for Brer Fox's sneaky trick. As soon as he felt Brer Fox stop over the middle of the river, he filled the paper bag with air. He said, "What you stoppin' for, Mister Fox?"

Find out what happened next on the next page.

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