A corollary of the highest importance may be deduced from the foregoing remarks, namely, that the structure of every organic being is related, in the most essential yet often hidden manner, to that of all other organic beings, with which it comes into competition for food or residence, or from which it has to escape, or on which it preys
. This is obvious in the structure of the teeth and talons of the tiger; and in that of the legs and claws of the parasite which clings to the hair on the tiger's body.
"If it be The Black Wolf," whispered Father Claude to the boy, "no worse fate could befall us for he preys
ever upon the clergy, and when drunk as he now is, he murders his victims.
Verily, unto such a spirit it is preying, and the work of a beast of prey
He had no intention to remain there inactive--a prey
to hunger and thirst.
The wind, now, was blowing gently between him and his intended prey
. He had come a long way in search of man, for even in his youth he had tasted human flesh and while it was poor stuff by comparison with eland and zebra it was less difficult to kill.
It is monstrous that for no offence but the wish to produce something beautiful, and the mistake of his powers in that direction, a writer should become the prey
of some ferocious wit, and that his tormentor should achieve credit by his lightness and ease in rending his prey
; it is shocking to think how alluring and depraving the fact is to the young reader emulous of such credit, and eager to achieve it.
Crouching beside the brook, I waited until one of the diminutive purple whales rose to nibble at the long grasses which overhung the water, and then, like the beast of prey
that man really is, I sprang upon my victim, appeasing my hunger while he yet wriggled to escape.
Several had already fallen prey
to old Sabor, and because the jungle was so infested with these fierce and bloodthirsty cats, and with lions and leopards, the ebony warriors hesitated to trust themselves far from the safety of their palisades.
Then silence as the huge, repulsive shapes covered the bodies of their victims and scores of sucking mouths fastened themselves to the flesh of their prey
As Taglat struggled with the bonds which secured the ankles and wrists of his captive, the great lion that eyed the two from behind a nearby clump of bushes wormed closer to his intended prey
He had no intention of being robbed of his prey
. Blustering and storming, he ordered the people back to their huts, at the same time directing two of his warriors to confine me in a dugout in one of the trenches close to his own shelter.
He welcomed anything that would occupy his time and his mind beyond the filling of his belly and the gloomy thoughts to which he fell prey
the moment that he became idle.