There was a pleasing inequality in the table, which produced many mishaps to cups and plates, acorns dropped in the milk, little black ants
partook of the refreshments without being invited, and fuzzy caterpillars swung down from the tree to see what was going on.
They passed the place where Tom had slain the jaguar, but nothing was left but the bones; the ants
, vultures and jungle animals having picked them clean in the night.
Pretty soon, various kinds of bugs and ants
and worms and things began to flock in out of the wet and crawl down in- side my armor to get warm; and while some of them behaved well enough, and snuggled up amongst my clothes and got quiet, the majority were of a restless, uncomfortable sort, and never stayed still, but went on prowling and hunting for they did not know what; especially the ants
, which went tickling along in wearisome procession from one end of me to the other by the hour, and are a kind of creatures which I never wish to sleep with again.
Those particular ants
may be all that the naturalist paints them, but I am persuaded that the average ant
is a sham.
Now a procession of ants
appeared, from nowhere in par- ticular, and went about their labors; one struggled man- fully by with a dead spider five times as big as itself in its arms, and lugged it straight up a tree-trunk.
Were the windfall apples being picked up for sauce; were the potatoes thick in the hills; was the corn tosselin' out; were they cuttin' the upper field; were they keepin' fly-paper laid out everywheres; were there any ants
in the dairy; was the kindlin' wood holdin' out; had the bank sent the cowpons?
I one day took the freedom to tell his majesty, "that the contempt he discovered towards Europe, and the rest of the world, did not seem answerable to those excellent qualities of mind that he was master of; that reason did not extend itself with the bulk of the body; on the contrary, we observed in our country, that the tallest persons were usually the least provided with it; that among other animals, bees and ants
had the reputation of more industry, art, and sagacity, than many of the larger kinds; and that, as inconsiderable as he took me to be, I hoped I might live to do his majesty some signal service.
He thinks he's got red ants
on him," laughed one of them, as Dorian passed by.
There happened nothing remarkable to us till the last night of our journey, when taking up our lodging at a place belonging to the Empress, a declared enemy to all Catholics, and in particular to the missionaries, we met with a kind reception in appearance, and were lodged in a large stone house covered with wood and straw, which had stood uninhabited so long, that great numbers of red ants
had taken possession of it; these, as soon as we were laid down, attacked us on all sides, and tormented us so incessantly that we were obliged to call up our domestics.
There were white ants
that ate the wooden poles, and wild elephants that pulled up the iron poles.
The presence of these cannibals affected them no more than the soldiers of a masked battery care for the ants
that crawl over its front.
But the Martian machine took no more notice for the moment of the people running this way and that than a man would of the confusion of ants
in a nest against which his foot has kicked.