Audubon, the Naturalist in the New World: His Adventures and Discoveries

Longman, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1856 - 172 Seiten

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Seite 162 - I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character : he does not get his living honestly...
Seite 10 - I bade adieu to Louisville, to which place I had four letters of recommendation, and was taught to expect much of everything there; but neither received one act of civility from those to whom I was recommended, one subscriber, nor one new bird; though I delivered my letters, ransacked the woods repeatedly, and visited all the characters likely to subscribe. Science or literature has not one friend in this place.
Seite 162 - ... and, when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the bald eagle pursues him, and takes it from him. With all this injustice he is never in good case ; but, like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. Besides, he is a rank coward ; the little kingbird, not bigger than a sparrow, attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district.
Seite 145 - Our words they were no mony feck" — but in less time than we have taken to write it — we two were sitting cheek by jowl, and hand in hand, by that essential fire — while we showed by our looks that we both felt, now they were over, that three years were but as one day ! The cane coal-scuttle, instinct with spirit, beeted the fire of its own accord, without word or beck of ours, as if placed there by the hands of one of our wakeful Lares ; in globe of purest crystal the Glenlivet shone ; unasked...
Seite 59 - ... the bird of paradise: and had it existed in the Old World, it would have claimed the title instead of the bird which has now the honour to bear it. See it darting through the air almost as quick as thought!— now it is within a yard of your face! — in an instant gone! — now it flutters from flower to flower to sip the silver dew — it is now a ruby — now a topaz — now an emerald — now all burnished gold!
Seite 144 - ... hands on itself, and effected its purpose by strangulation. There — was the fatal black ring visible round the neck — though a mere thread ; there — were the bloodshot eyes protruding from the sockets ; there — the lip-biting teeth clenched in the last convulsions ; and there — sorriest sight of all — was the ghastly suicidal smile, last relic of the laughter of despair. But the knocking would not leave the door — and listening to its character, we were assured that it came from...
Seite 164 - I was compelled to resort to a method always used as the last expedient, and a most effectual one. I thrust a long pointed piece of steel through his heart, when my proud prisoner instantly fell dead, without even ruffling a feather. I sat up nearly the whole of another night to outline him, and worked so constantly at the drawing, that it nearly cost me my life. I was suddenly seized with a spasmodic affection, that much alarmed my family, and completely prostrated me for some days...
Seite 145 - Ambrosiaiue. lamp in hand, stalked along the lobbies, unchained and unlocked the oak which our faithful nightporter Somnus had sported — and, lo ! a figure muffled up in a cloak, and furred like a Russ, advanced familiarly into the hall, extended both hands, bade God bless us, and pronounced, with somewhat of a foreign accent, the name in which we and the world rejoiced — ' Christopher North !' We were not slow in returning the hug fraternal, for who was it but the
Seite 34 - It was in the month of February 1814, that I obtained the first sight of this noble bird, and never shall I forget the delight which it gave me. Not even Herschel, when he discovered the planet which bears his name, could have experienced more rapturous feelings.
Seite 144 - ... seeking to disquiet the slumbers of Old Christopher, in expectation of seeing his night-cap (which he never wears) popped out of the window, and hearing his voice (of which he is chary in the open air) simulating a scold upon the audacious sleep-breaker. So we benevolently laid back our head on our easy-chair, and...

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