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CHAPTER XXXV.

" Non, je ne comprends pas de plus charmant plaisir
Que de voir d'héritiers une troupe affligée
Le maintien interdit, et la mine allongée,
Lire un long testament où pales, étonnes
On leur laisse un bonsoir avec un pied de nez.
Pour voir au naturel leur tristesse profonde
Je reviendrais, je crois, exprès de l'autre monde."

Regnard: Le Legataire Universel.


When the animals entered the Ark in pairs, one may imagine that allied species made much private remark on each other, and were tempted to think that so many forms feeding on the same store of fodder were eminently superfluous, as tending to diminish the rations. (I fear the part played by the vultures on that occasion would be too painful for art to represent, those birds being disadvantageously naked about the gullet, and apparently without rites and ceremonies.)

The same sort of temptation befell the Christian Carnivora who formed Peter Featherstone's funeral procession; most of them having their minds bent