The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre:|
or rather remain indifferent to what is happening. Their perfect
quiet during the Lycosa's feast points to the posession of a
stomach that knows no cravings.
Then with what are they sustained, during their seven months'
upbringing on the mother's back? One conceives a notion of
exudations supplied by the bearer's body, in which case the young
would feed on their mother, after the manner of parasitic vermin,
and gradually drain her strength.
We must abandon this notion. Never are they seen to put their
mouths to the skin that should be a sort of teat to them. On the
other hand, the Lycosa, far from being exhausted and shrivelling,
The Life of the Spider