This Simian World

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Author: Clarence Day Jr
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,759 / 56 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 525
Added to site: 2008.08.13
mnybks.net#: 21700
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Humor

In which Mr. Day humorously compares the world that we men have created with the might-have-been civilization that the cats, the elephants or the ants would have produced.

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s are trained to fight,--not liking it much, and yet doing more killing in war-time and shedding more blood than even the fiercest lion on his cruelest days. Which would perplex a gentlemanly super-cat spectator the more, our habits of wholesale slaughter in the field, or our spiritless making a fetish of "order," at home?

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It is fair to judge peoples by the rights they will sacrifice most for. Super-cat-men would have been outraged, had their right of personal combat been questioned. The simian submits with odd readiness to the loss of this privilege. What outrages him is to make him stop wagging his tongue. He becomes most excited and passionate about the right of free speech, even going so far in his emotion as to declare it is sacred.

He looks upon other creatures pityingly because they are dumb. If one of his own children is born dumb, he counts it a tragedy. Even that mere hesitation in speech, known as stammering, he deems a misfortune.

So precious to a simian is th

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