^The Cypress^ [The Baobab] (Synopsis)

Clark Ashton Smith

A Voodoo witch-doctor who slays a rival and buries him at the foot of a ^cypress^ [baobab]. Returning years later, he conceives the idea that the dead man's soul has passed into the tree. He cuts the tree down — and it falls upon him in a singular manner, against the wind, and crushes him down upon the grave, which gives way before the witch-doctor dies, precipitating him among the bones of his rival.

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