Here he took cautiously hold of the extreme end of the string, and, maintaining the insect
as far from his person as circumstances would permit, prepared to ascend the tree.
True, there were ugly recollections connected with his first glimpses of the beautiful girl; he could not quite forget the bouquet that withered in her grasp, and the insect
that perished amid the sunny air, by no ostensible agency save the fragrance of her breath.
It affords me great pleasure to surprise people; for surely I cannot be classed with ordinary insects
and am entitled to both curiosity and admiration from those I meet.
But, as I was looking over the surface, I saw here and there at a distance a faint glimmer, as if some skater insects
which had escaped the frosts might be collected there, or, perchance, the surface, being so smooth, betrayed where a spring welled up from the bottom.
And then there's the Butterfly,' Alice went on, after she had taken a good look at the insect
with its head on fire, and had thought to herself, 'I wonder if that's the reason insects
are so fond of flying into candles--because they want to turn into Snap-dragon-flies
My design, when I went abroad, was to divert myself by seeing the wondrous variety of prospects, beasts, birds, fishes, insects
, and vegetables, with which God has been pleased to enrich the several parts of this globe; a variety which, as it must give great pleasure to a contemplative beholder, so doth it admirably display the power, and wisdom, and goodness of the Creator.
Then turning to his first minister, who waited behind him with a white staff, near as tall as the mainmast of the Royal Sovereign, he observed "how contemptible a thing was human grandeur, which could be mimicked by such diminutive insects
as I: and yet," says he, "I dare engage these creatures have their titles and distinctions of honour; they contrive little nests and burrows, that they call houses and cities; they make a figure in dress and equipage; they love, they fight, they dispute, they cheat, they betray
For long the Queen resisted her coaxing words, remembering the promise she had given the King, her husband; but at last she thought to herself: After all, what harm would it do if I were to go into the garden for a short time and enjoy myself among the trees and flowers, and the singing birds and fluttering butterflies and humming insects
, and look at the dew-drops hiding from the sunbeams in the hearts of the roses and lilies, and wander about in the sunshine, instead of remaining all day in this room?
Here lay many wounded insects
, and harmless little creatures, whom cruel hands had hurt; and pale, drooping flowers grew beside urns of healing herbs, from whose fresh leaves came a faint, sweet perfume.
Stuffed serpents of the most objectionable and horrid kind; giant insects
from the tropics, fearsome in every detail; fishes and crustaceans covered with weird spikes; dried octopuses of great size.
for, should these insects
alight, it will be laid waste.
I am going on both with the fauna and flora; but I have at least done my insects
times, animals, fishes, reptiles and insects
were brought to trial.
In one very limited sense, as we shall hereafter see, this may be true; but it is preposterous to attribute to mere external conditions, the structure, for instance, of the woodpecker, with its feet, tail, beak, and tongue, so admirably adapted to catch insects
under the bark of trees.
Waterhouse, Walker, Newman, and White, have published several able papers on the Insects
which were collected, and I trust that many others will hereafter follow.