A Tramp Abroad By Mark Twain






































































































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There in the Black Forest, on the mountainside,
I saw an ant go through with such a performance as this - Page 180
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There In The Black Forest, On The Mountainside, I Saw An Ant Go Through With Such A Performance As This

With a dead spider of fully ten times his own weight. The spider was not quite dead, but too far

Gone to resist. He had a round body the size of a pea. The little ant - observing that I was noticing - turned him on his back, sunk his fangs into his throat, lifted him into the air and started vigorously off with him, stumbling over little pebbles, stepping on the spider's legs and tripping himself up, dragging him backward, shoving him bodily ahead, dragging him up stones six inches high instead of going around them, climbing weeds twenty times his own height and jumping from their summits - and finally leaving him in the middle of the road to be confiscated by any other fool of an ant that wanted him. I measured the ground which this ass traversed, and arrived at the conclusion that what he had accomplished inside of twenty minutes would constitute some such job as this - relatively speaking - for a man; to wit: to strap two eight-hundred-pound horses together, carry them eighteen hundred feet, mainly over (not around) boulders averaging six feet high, and in the course of the journey climb up and jump from the top of one precipice like Niagara, and three steeples, each a hundred and twenty feet high; and then put the horses down, in an exposed place, without anybody to watch them, and go off to indulge in some other idiotic miracle for vanity's sake.

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