The animal kingdom, with additional descriptions by E. Griffith and others

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Page 195 - And did he not of old employ his means To drown it ? What is his creation less Than a capacious reservoir of means Form'd for his use, and ready at his will ? Go, dress thine eyes with eye-salve ; ask of him, Or ask of whomsoever he has taught ; And learn, though late, the genuine cause of all.
Page 160 - Negroes, men, women, and children, born in very different climates, and found the lower arm longer than in Europeans, in proportion to the upper arm, and to the height of the body.
Page 236 - Ihe biscuit of his benefactor, he learned to eat with a spoon; and might be often seen sitting at his cabin door, enjoying his coffee, quite unembarrassed by those who observed him, and with a grotesque and sober air, that seemed a burlesque on human nature. " Next to the boatswain, I was, perhaps, his most intimate acquaintance.
Page 238 - London, he has preferred beer and milk to anything else, but drinks wine and other liquors. " In his attempts to obtain food, he afforded us many opportunities of judging of his sagacity and disposition. He was always very impatient to seize it when held out to him, and became passionate when it was not soon given up, and would chase a person all over the ship to obtain it. I seldom came on deck without sweetmeats or fruit in my pocket, and could never escape his vigilant eye. Sometimes I endeavoured...
Page 68 - THE mammalia are placed at the head of the animal kingdom, not only because it is the class to which we ourselves belong, but...
Page 235 - ... as he did with the boys of the ship. Yet the monkeys had evidently a great predilection for his company; for whenever they broke loose, they took. their way to his resting-place...
Page 237 - In making his bed, he used the greatest pains to remove every thing out of his way that might render the surface on which he intended to lie uneven ; and having satisfied himself with this part of his arrangement, spread out the sail, and lying down upon it on his back, drew it over his body. Sometimes I preoccupied his bed, and teased him by refusing to give it up. On these occasions he would endeavour to pull the sail from under me, or to force me from it, and would not rest till I had resigned...
Page 232 - The nose is confluent with the face, except at the nostrils, which are but little elevated : their openings are narrow and oblique. The mouth is very projecting, and of a roundish mammillary form. Its opening is large, but when closed is marked by little more than a narrow seam. The lips are very narrow, and scarcely perceptible when the mouth is shut. The chin projects less than the mouth : below it, a pendulous membrane gives the appearance of a double chin, and swells out when the animal is angry...
Page 239 - ... time a sound which might be described as between the croaking of a frog and the grunting of a pig. After some time he ventured to descend, but with great caution, peeping continually at the turtle, but could not be induced to approach within many yards of them. He ran to the same height and uttered the same sounds on seeing some men bathing and splashing in the sea; and since his arrival in England, has shown nearly the same degree of fear at the sight of a live tortoise.
Page 234 - England ; and whilst at large, made no attempt to escape : but became violent when put into a large • < railed bamboo cage, for the purpose of being conveyed from the island. As soon as he felt himself in confinement, he took the rails of the cage...

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