The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers

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Author: John Burroughs
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 24,229 / 72 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.1
LoC Category: S
Downloads: 568
Added to site: 2007.01.26
mnybks.net#: 15900
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Nature, Essays
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bout the gloom, and sniff the air for the taint of enemies. He did not care who knew of his coming, and he did not greatly care who came. Behind his panoply of biting spears he felt himself secure, and in that security he moved as if he held in fee the whole green, shadowy, perilous woodland world."


III

HUMAN TRAITS IN THE ANIMALS

That there is a deal of human nature in the lower animals is a very obvious fact; or we may turn the proposition around and say, with equal truth, that there is a deal of animal nature in us humans. If man is of animal origin, as we are now all coming to believe, how could this be otherwise? We are all made of one stuff, the functions of our bodies are practically the same, and the workings of our instincts and our emotional and involuntary natures are in many ways identical. I am not now thinking of any part or lot which the lower orders may have in our intellectual or moral life, a point upon which, as my reader may know, I diverge from the popular concep

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Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
2012.07.08
mei
****.

John Burroughs (1837-1921) was one of the most important American naturalists and writer of essays on nature.
There are 12 essays in this book, the average length of an essay is app. 6 pages, but some are shorter and some a bit longer.
This book is not outdated and just as worth reading today as it was a hundred years ago. I recommend this book to anyone who's interested in animal behaviour.

2012.02.23
Mo
****.

12 exellent essays on nature by one of the greatest nature-essayists of America. Originally written in 1901, still worth reading, not outdated. Recommended!


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