You would scarce credit it, and yet it is sooth that when I was taken at Poictiers it was all that my wife and foster-brother
could do to raise the money from them for my ransom.
He has with him as travelling-companion my foster-brother
Dost Akbar, who knows his secret.
Now you shall see how well we agree together"; and while she combed little Gerda's hair, the child forgot her foster-brother
Kay more and more, for the old woman understood magic; but she was no evil being, she only practised witchcraft a little for her own private amusement, and now she wanted very much to keep little Gerda.
The cuckoo lays its egg in the strange bird's nest, and when the young one is hatched it shoulders its foster-brothers
out and breaks at last the nest that has sheltered it.
Finally, it may not be a logical deduction, but to my imagination it is far more satisfactory to look at such instincts as the young cuckoo ejecting its foster-brothers
,--ants making slaves,--the larvae of ichneumonidae feeding within the live bodies of caterpillars,--not as specially endowed or created instincts, but as small consequences of one general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.