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My Tropic Isle
by E. J. Banfield
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How quaint seems the demand for details of life on this Isle of Scent and Silence! Lolling in shade and quietude, was I guilty of indiscretion when I babbled of my serene affairs, and is the penalty so soon enforced?
Both rolled over and over, struggling violently. For a minute or two there was such an intertwining and confusion of sinuous bodies that it was impossible to distinguish one from the other. The grip of the death adder was not to be lightly shaken off. When "time" was called, the truce lasted several minutes. Then the wrestling was continued in a miniature cyclone of sand and grass-chips. All the energy was on the part of the lizard. The death-adder kept on doing nothing in a dreadfully determined way. In fighting weight the combatants seemed to be fairly equally matched, but in length the lizard had the advantage by at least two inches.
About the Author
With publication of his first book in 1908, The Confessions of a Beachcomber, Banfield won international attention as a conservationist and defender of nature, a theme he continued in My Tropic Isle. An avowed disciple of Thoreau, Banfield sought simplicity in his own life but found in nature a rewarding complexity that never failed to "lift the day above the mundane."
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