VII. O MISFORTUNE, BE WELCOME, IF YOU COME ALONE!

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When it’s snowing in the cold, When the wind whips the roofs; When under the feet the ice screams, The tree complains and the bird prays: “My God, do not leave us “During the winter and its frost!” (Regensburg). It … Read More

THE UNKNOWN PEOPLES

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Hello, crowned woods with rest of greenery! Yellowing foliage on scattered lawns! Hello! last beautiful days! The mourning of nature Suitable for my pain and pleases to my looks! (Lamartine.) I was eager to escape the theater of my irreparable … Read More

THE GREAT HEATHLANDS

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Everyone says he is a friend; but crazy who rests there. Nothing is more common than this name, Nothing is more rare than the thing. (La Fontaine.) Decidedly misfortune presided over my destiny. It was written that I had to … Read More

THE BIRD OF THE GOOD GOD

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From my hole, I had followed this scene, not without a secret satisfaction to see this misadventure melt on a persecutor of the little birds; but this first movement of vengeance passed, I began to think and realized that my … Read More

THE ELECTION OF THE KING OF BIRDS

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No animal, no being and no creature Who does not have its opposite: it is the law of nature. To look for the reason, they are superfluous care. God did well what he did, and I do not know more … Read More

MY FIRST FRIEND

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Surrounding wheat mature before sapling Was still strong enough To fly and take flight, A thousand different cares the agitated lark Go for pasture, warn his children To always be on the look-out and to be sentinel … (La Fontaine) … Read More

THE HOSPITALITY OF A MARABOU STORK

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No path of flowers leads to glory, I only want Hercules and his works to be a witness. (La Fountaine.) The first event I remembered was a terrible cataclysm that deprived me of all of my family at once, and … Read More

RETURN TO THE COUNTRY – SEE AGAIN THE PORA LAND AND DIE

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Everything has its reverse! Certainly, I lived in the midst of the most beautiful nature that can be seen; but already two months had passed and not without disenchantment. I will never be able to give an exact account of … Read More

AUSTRALIA – MORE COUSINES

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“Lovely luck! Here I am aboard, at the moment when I had no desire to embark! That’s fine, life is safe … but where are we going on this unknown ship? …..” Such was my monologue, hiding me as close … Read More

FLOOD, CHAIN, BALL – NAUFRAGE

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We were together further than I expected. Orienting myself as best as I could, I returned straight to our beautiful anthill, when I met a deserted, mountainous, arid place, in which I had to run the greatest dangers. It was … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: XVII. VITALITY OF ANOMMAS – THE HEN PASSES IN FRONT OF THE NOSE

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The adventures of a red ant: XVII. VITALITY OF ANOMMAS – THE HEN PASSES IN FRONT OF THE NOSE Before the end of the following week, I had eaten python like the others, we had surprised one in a swamp … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: XVI. IN SENEGAL – N’DIEN – THE PYTHON

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I remained a few days in the orchard; but, by two or three adventures which nearly happened to me, I judged that the stay in the midst of those big oxen which blindly trampled all this campaign, was unhealthy for … Read More

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