Unc' Billy Possum Plays a Joke
NC' BILLY POSSUM said this to himself as he watched Peter Rabbit
hurrying about through the Green Forest and over the
Green Meadows, eating as fast as ever he could so as to
grow fat that he might keep warm while he slept all
Of course it just happened that
Unc' Billy grinned. Then he chuckled. Finally he laughed until his fat sides shook.
"Ah reckon Ah'm gwine to have some fun with Brer
Rabbit," said Unc' Billy, still chuckling, as he
trotted off through the Green Forest. He went over to
Bobby Coon's house and found Bobby,
who had been out
all night, just getting ready for bed. But Bobby is
always ready to play a joke, and when
"Ah done tell Peter that when he tried to go to sleep he mustn't get to thinking about what would happen if Brer Fox should jes' happen along and find him asleep. Ah reckons that that is the very first thing Peter did think of, as soon as he curled himself up and that he's thinking of it more'n ever right this blessed minute. Yo'alls wait while Ah listen at the door."
Unc' Billy stole very softly to the door of the old house. Then he began to grin and beckoned to Bobby Coon and Jimmy Skunk to come listen. They could hear long sighs from way down in the bedchamber at the end of the long hall. They heard Peter twist and turn, as he tried to make himself comfortable. But when they heard him saying a verse over and over to try to make himself go to sleep, they had to clap their hands over their mouths to keep from laughing out loud.
When they grew tired of listening,
"Ah reckon Brer Rabbit is right smart