He couldn't tell much about direction himself, because he had spent his time prowling among the bushes and running here and there; nor had Billina paid much attention to where they were going, being interested in picking bugs
from the moss as they passed along.
Why, eating live things, and horrid bugs
, and crawly ants.
Valparaiso -- Portillo Pass -- Sagacity of Mules -- Mountain- torrents -- Mines, how discovered -- Proofs of the gradual Elevation of the Cordillera -- Effect of Snow on Rocks -- Geological Structure of the two main Ranges, their distinct Origin and Upheaval -- Great Subsidence -- Red Snow -- Winds -- Pinnacles of Snow -- Dry and clear Atmosphere -- Electricity -- Pampas -- Zoology of the opposite Side of the Andes -- Locusts -- Great Bugs
-- Mendoza -- Uspallata Pass -- Silicified Trees buried as they grew -- Incas Bridge -- Badness of the Passes exaggerated -- Cumbre -- Casuchas -- Valparaiso.
By much labor and through the medium of infinite patience as well, he had, without assistance, discovered the purpose of the little bugs
which ran riot upon the printed pages.
How we bathed our poor bodies in its delicious warmth, reviving like bugs
and crawling things after a storm.
For me the district institutions simply mean the liability to pay fourpence halfpenny for every three acres, to drive into the town, sleep with bugs
, and listen to all sorts of idiocy and loathsomeness, and self-interest offers me no inducement.
Now our folks, when they was on the move, had to be afraid for Indians, and wild animals and all sorts of things; an' here we are, as safe as bugs
in a rug.
Whereupon Doctor Crocus and I shake hands; and Doctor Crocus looks as if I didn't by any means realise his expectations, which, in a linen blouse, and a great straw hat, with a green ribbon, and no gloves, and my face and nose profusely ornamented with the stings of mosquitoes and the bites of bugs
, it is very likely I did not.
Then there's another kind of bug
that burrows under your fingernails, and if you don't get 'em out, your fingers drop off.
The sand began to work, and presently a small black bug
appeared for a second and then darted under again in a fright.
Thus far my sense of sight; while dry rot and wet rot and all the silent rots that rot in neglected roof and cellar - rot of rat and mouse and bug
and coaching-stables near at hand besides - addressed themselves faintly to my sense of smell, and moaned, "Try Barnard's Mixture.
It may be that a leopard or a lion shall kill me, or it may be a tiny bug
no bigger than the end of my littlest finger.