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Pivi and Kabo.
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'Come with me, Pivi, and there will be nuts for you,' said the woman.
They went back to the hut, where the girls were laughing and playing.
'Nuts for you?' said the woman, 'there are two wives for you, Pivi, take
them to your house.'
'Oh, good lady,' cried Pivi, 'how kind you are!'
So they were married and very happy, when in came cross old Kabo.
'Is this Pivi?' said he. 'Yes, it is--no, it isn't. It is not the same
Pivi--but there is a kind of likeness. Tell me, are you Pivi?'
'Oh, yes!' said Pivi. 'But I am much better looking, and there are my
two wives, are they not beautiful?'
'You are mocking me, Pivi! Your wives? How? Where did you get them? You,
Then Pivi told Kabo about the kind woman, and all the wonderful things
that had happened to him.
'Well, well!' said Kabo, 'but I want to be handsome too, and to have
pretty young wives.'
'But how can we manage that?' asked Pivi.
'Oh, we shall do all the same things over again--play at slinging, and,
this time, you shall break my leg, Pivi!'
'With all the pleasure in life,' said Pivi, who was always ready to
So they went slinging, and Pivi broke Kabo's leg, and Kabo fell into the
river, and floated into the bamboo, and the woman blew him out, just as
before. Then she picked up Kabo, and put him in the shed, and told him
what to do when the Black Ant came, and what to do when the Red Ant
came. But he didn't!
When the Black Ant came, he shook himself, and behold, he had a twisted
leg, and a hump back, and was as black as the ant.
Then he ran to the woman.
'Look, what a figure I am!' he said; but she only told him to climb the
tree, as she had told Pivi.
But Kabo climbed with both hands and feet, and he threw down the nuts,
instead of carrying them down, and he put them in the hut. And when he
went back for them there he found two horrid old black hags, wrangling,
and scolding, and scratching! So back he went to Pivi with his two
beautiful wives, and Pivi was very sorry, but what could he do? Nothing,
but sit and cry.
So, one day, Kabo came and asked Pivi to sail in his canoe to a place
where he knew of a great big shell-fish, enough to feed on for a week.
Pivi went, and deep in the clear water they saw a monstrous shell-fish,
like an oyster, as big as a rock, with the shell wide open.
'We shall catch it, and dry it, and kipper it,' said Pivi, 'and give a
dinner to all our friends!'
'I shall dive for it, and break it off the rock,' said Kabo, 'and then
you must help me to drag it up into the canoe.'
There the shell-fish lay and gaped, but Kabo, though he dived in, kept
well out of the way of the beast.
Up he came, puffing and blowing: 'Oh, Pivi,' he cried, 'I cannot move
it. Jump in and try yourself!'
Pivi dived, with his spear, and the shell-fish opened its shell wider
yet, and sucked, and Pivi disappeared into its mouth, and the shell shut
up with a snap!
Kabo laughed like a fiend, and then went home.
'Where is Pivi?' asked the two pretty girls. Kabo pretended to cry, and
told how Pivi had been swallowed.
'But dry your tears, my darlings,' said Kabo, 'I will be your husband,
and my wives shall be your slaves. Everything is for the best, in the
best of all possible worlds.'
'No, no!' cried the girls, 'we love Pivi. We do not love anyone else. We
shall stay at home, and weep for Pivi!'
'Wretched idiots!' cried Kabo; 'Pivi was a scoundrel who broke my leg,
and knocked me into the river.'
Then a little cough was heard at the door, and Kabo trembled, for he
knew it was the cough of Pivi!
'Ah, dear Pivi!' cried Kabo, rushing to the door. 'What joy! I was
trying to console your dear wives.'
Pivi said not one word. He waved his hand, and five and twenty of
his friends came trooping down the hill. They cut up Kabo into little
pieces. Pivi turned round, and there was the good woman of the river.
'Pivi,' she said, 'how did you get out of the living tomb into which
Kabo sent you?'
'I had my spear with me,' said Pivi. 'It was quite dry inside the shell,
and I worked away at the fish with my spear, till he saw reason to open
his shell, and out I came.' Then the good woman laughed; and Pivi and
his two wives lived happy ever afterwards.