But he persevered for months, at such times as he was able to come to the cabin, until at last by repeated experimenting he found a position in which to hold the pencil that best permitted him to guide and control it, so that at last he could roughly reproduce any of the little bugs.
Copying the bugs taught him another thing--their number; and though he could not count as we understand it, yet he had an idea of quantity, the base of his calculations being the number of fingers upon one of his hands.
His search through the various books convinced him that he had discovered all the different kinds of bugs most often repeated in combination, and these he arranged in proper order with great ease because of the frequency with which he had perused the fascinating alphabet picture book.
His education progressed; but his greatest finds were in the inexhaustible storehouse of the huge illustrated dictionary, for he learned more through the medium of pictures than text, even after he had grasped the significance of the bugs.
Finding that no satisfaction was to be obtained of Jupiter, whose whole intellect seemed to be absorbed by "de bug," I now stepped into the boat and made sail.
This bug is to make my fortune," he continued, with a triumphant smile, "to reinstate me in my family possessions.
I'd rudder not go fer trubble dat bug - you mus git him for your own self.
And will you promise me, upon your honor, that when this freak of yours is over, and the bug business (good God
Whenever the people grumbled too loudly the Bug sang a new song, and Big-Fat said it was God's word that we should kill Meat- Eaters, and Tiger-Face led us over the divide to kill and be killed.
And the Bug sang another song about men like Split-Nose, who wanted to go back, and live in trees.
Then the Bug sang again, and he sang that Split-Nose was lazy, and he sang also the 'Song of the Bees.
The Bug and I escaped, and I hid in the wildest places, and became a hunter of meat and went hungry no more.