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Fruit of the Desert

Excerpt from Fruit of the Desert In an arbour behind a bungalow on Gold Hill, a pale young man lay in an invalid chair observing through a magnifying glass the activity of an army of ants establishing a new home at the base of a cosmos plant. Suddenly the right wing of the army stopped. One of the ants, apparently either ill or crippled, had fallen. Without the slightest hesitation the other ants attacked, killed, and buried the unfit one. Thus, it appeared, these admirable insects disposed of their unfortunates. The young man - Ranor Gaul - dropped his magnifying glass with a faint revulsion of feeling and reclined in his chair, which, presently, he propelled with his hands out of the arbour, around the bungalow, and on to the front lawn. There, in the full afternoon sun, he gradually regained his composure. Yet he could not help asking himself if the ants did not possess, in one respect at least, a wisdom superior to that of human beings. Was it not better for the whole swarm quickly to rid itself of any member lacking the vigour for the essential struggle of life? Was it not also more merciful to the stricken one quickly to end what might be prolonged weariness and pain? While the gun revivified him these thoughts set up within his mind a sombre glow. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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