The romance of natural history

Paperback | January 4, 2012

byPhilip Henry Gosse

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1863. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... appear. Laying myself down, cautiously and motionless, on the grass, I soon, to my delight and wonder, observed it was a mouse. I repeatedly marked it glide from the bank under water, and bury itself in the mass of leaves at the bottom; I mean the leaves that had fallen off the trees in autumn, and which lay very thick over the mud. It very shortly returned, and entered the bank, occasionally putting its long, sharp nose out of the water, and paddling close to the edge. This it repeated at very frequent intervals, from place to place, seldom going more than two yards from the side, and always returning in about half a minute. I presume it sought and obtained some insect or food among the rubbish and leaves, and retired to consume it. Sometimes, it would run a little on the surface, and sometimes, timidly and hastily, come ashore, but with the greatest caution, and instantly plunge in again. "During the whole sweet spring of that fine year I constantly visited my new acquaintance. When under water he looks gray, on account of the pearly cluster of minute air-bubbles that adhere to his fur, and bespangle him all over. His colour, however, is very dark brown." .... After entering into some descriptive details of the specimen, Mr Dovaston proceeds:--" This minute description I am enabled to give, having caught it in an angler's landingnet, and carefully inspected it in a white basin of water. The poor creature was extremely uneasy under inspection, and we soon, with great pleasure, restored it to liberty and love, for he had a companion, which, from her paler THE WATEK-SHREW. 217 colour and more slender form, we doubted not was his mate, and we were fearful, by our intrusion, of giving offence to either. "He swims very rapidly; and though he appears to dart, his very ni...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1863. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... appear. Laying myself down, cautiously and motionless, on the grass, I soon, to my delight and wonder, observed it was a mouse. I repeate...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217396844

ISBN - 13:9780217396844

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