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Page 337 - No, Sir : before dinner men meet with great inequality of understanding ; and those who are conscious of their inferiority, have the modesty not to talk. When they have drunk wine, every man feels himself happy, and loses that modesty, and grows impudent and vociferous : but he is not improved : he is only not sensible of his defects.
Page 281 - ... through the agency of the wind. A similar line of argument holds good with fruits; that a ripe strawberry or cherry is as pleasing to the eye as to the palate...
Page 84 - Sickness, there was a numerous company of Flies, which were like for bigness unto Wasps or BumbleBees, they came out of little holes in the ground, and did eat up the green things, and made such a constant yelling noise as made all the woods ring of them...
Page 164 - OH, good gigantic smile o' the brown old earth, This autumn morning ! How he sets his bones To bask i' the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet For the ripple to run over in its mirth ; Listening the while, where on the heap of stones The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet.
Page 172 - In case of accident to be instantaneously selfacting. c. The brakes to be put on and taken off (with facility) on the engine and every vehicle of a train. d. The brakes to be regularly used in daily working.
Page 283 - What then are we to conclude from these facts and considerations? Does the male parade his charms with so much pomp and rivalry for no purpose? Are we not justified in believing that the female exerts a choice, and that she receives the addresses of the male who pleases her most? It is not probable that she consciously deliberates; but she is most excited or attracted by the most beautiful, or melodious, or gallant males. Nor need it be supposed that the female studies each stripe or spot of...
Page 281 - Hence we may conclude that, if insects had not been developed on the face of the earth, our plants would not have been decked with beautiful flowers, but would have produced only such poor flowers as we see on our fir, oak, nut and ash trees, on grasses, spinach, docks, and nettles, which are all fertilized through the agency of the wind.
Page 87 - Agreeably to my expectation I found the larvae of the Cicada in countless numbers clinging to the roots of the tree, with their suckers piercing the bark and so deeply and firmly placed that they remained hanging for a half an hour aftsr being removed from the earth.
Page 259 - Channel, and supporting herds of reindeer, horses, and bisons, many elephants, and rhinoceroses, and now and then traversed by a stray hippopotamus, which would afford abundant prey to the lions, bears, and hyaenas inhabiting all the accessible caves, as well as to their great enemy and destroyer, Man.