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:|
slaughter. With his thumb, he stifles the beating of the captives'
hearts, staves in their skulls. The little birds, so many piteous
heads of game, will go to market, strung in dozens on a wire passed
through their nostrils.
For scoundrelly ingenuity the Epeira's net can bear comparison with
the fowler's; it even surpasses it when, on patient study, the main
features of its supreme perfection stand revealed. What refinement
of art for a mess of Flies! Nowhere, in the whole animal kingdom,
has the need to eat inspired a more cunning industry. If the
reader will meditate upon the description that follows, he will
certainly share my admiration.
The Life of the Spider