Household Words Volume 1

Household Words Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...did not care if he called it by a stronger term--an exasperation, cm the other. The Bear here administered a good term to his other side; dropped on mfours; and retired win m mgry loot behind him. Professor Owen said he could not allow the accusation of the last speaker to pass without a word of reply. He nad paid no attention to the Hippopotamus that he was not ready to pay to any other new-comer of importance. As to leading the way to public admiration, it was his duty to lead the way in scientific description;--but as to the amount of interest and admiration, that was entirely a matter of public taste. He had bestowed the same pains on many other creatures. And always should do so. He had no favourites. He beheld them all with equal eye, as creatures of the.same wonderful round of living things that constantly appear on the earth's surface. He even took the same interest in them when dead, as when living. He had once nearly lost his life in dissecting a celebrated Elephant. Only a few months ago, when the elder Rhinoceros died, he attended regularly for a fortnight at his dissection in an open shed in a windy season, standing in mud and crimson slush, several hours daily. If his elaborate account of this did not excite the same interest as what he had said of the Hippopotamus, it was simply because the latter was more suited to the public taste. It wj not the Professor's fault. He endeavoured to lead that taste on all subjects of natural history. If the public followed, he rejoiced; if not, he had learnt to be patient. He had never pandered to a bad or idle taste of the public, or he might have made himself excessive)) popular. Only a short time ago the public were mad to have a sea-serpent; but he naa refused to help them to one, and...
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  • Paperback | 1142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 57mm | 1,991g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236500822
  • 9781236500823