"When old Brer Wolf got there, which he come a-scooting, there was Brer Rabbit holding on to the cow-tail, for to keep it from going in the ground. Brer Wolf, he caught hold, and they begin a pull or two and up comes the tail. Then Brer Rabbit, he wink his off eye FN 5 and say, says he:
- In the story, Uncle Remus sends the little boy back to his mother, Miss Sally, with the whip wound around his neck.
- A whip wound around a child's neck? A white child? Son of the owner?
- Conjecture, given Uncle Remus' strong personality: Was he, as a slave, whipped with just such a whip, and did Miss Sally, growing up on that Plantation, witness it and make no protest. Or otherwise know.
- Is Uncle Remus saying, in his way, that the whipping time is not forgotten and that he himself holds some power in that regard, even if he refrains from using it as it was perhaps used against him. More mildly, a reminder: What if it were her son in those days. What was Uncle Remus' relationship to Miss Sally? He would have been of her mother's generation, "Old Miss" who is now dead.
"I know something about the paterrollers. There were three sets of dem in slavery working like shifts -- 1 set go 'round 'bout six O'Clock 'til nine O'Clock. Nine O'Clock 'nother set travel, and the third ones, see, had to stay wid the horses when they left 'em, 'cause niggers would cripple 'em -- sometimes steal 'em -- so paterrollers was [s] (sic) keered to leave 'em in road by demselves. Paterrollers would whip you if they caught you dout a pass. Ef you had a pass, didn't whip you, jes' would git in touch wid your marster and tell him dat they had one of his niggers, den he'd let him go."