The Novels and Stories of Ivan Turgenieff; Smoke Volume 7

The Novels and Stories of Ivan Turgenieff; Smoke Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...sort and another... it was like knocking my head against a wall! I saw that it was impossible to approach him from that quarter. And suddenly a happy thought flashed across me! 'Permit me to inform you, ' I began, --one must always address the 'minnows' with respect--' that I am amazed at you, my dear sir; you are interested in the natural sciences--and hitherto you have not noted the fact that all carnivorous and rapacious animals, birds and beasts, all those who are obliged to sally forth in search of prey, and toil over procuring live food for themselves and their offspring... and, of course, you reckon man in the list of such animals?'--'Of course I do, ' replied the ' minnow ': 'man, after all, is nothing but a carnivorous animal.'--' And a rapacious one, ' I added.--' And a rapacious one, ' he assented.--' That is very well said, ' I assented. 'So, then, I am amazed that you have not observed that all such animals stick to monogamy?' The new youngster shuddered.--'How so?'--' Why, just so. Recall the lion, the wolf, the fox, the vulture, the hawk; and be so good as to consider how could they act otherwise? The two of you can hardly feed the children, as it is.'--My 'minnow' fell to thinking.--'Well, 'says he, 'in that case, the beast is no model for man.'--Then I called him an idealist, and how angry he became! He almost wept. I was obliged to soothe him, and to promise him that I would not betray him to his comrades. Is it a small thing to deserve the name of idealist? And therein lies the joke, that the present young generation has made a mistake in its calculations. It has imagined that the day of old-fashioned, dark, underground toil is past, that it was all well enough for their aged fathers to dig like tortoises; but for us such a rol
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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236606426
  • 9781236606426