36 A. BURMESE ENCHANTMENT.
time, for the helpless caterpillar stopped, reared up, and tried to face its tormentor. Eventually I drove the fly away, and the caterpillar, as soon as it reached the coveT of grass, scratched its wounds with its short legs in the most ridiculous way. But now I know the tragedy that has occurred. In the moment of stinging, that fly also laid an egg. The caterpillar will go and make his chrysalis. It will also be his slaughter-house, for the egg he harbours will hatch, and he will become its living prey.
I have always regarded the mantis with friendship. He comes along and shiJcoes and does no harm. Yet the female tears her mate to bits in the moment of his embrace.
God provides worms for the dicky birds, so I was taught as a child ; but till now I have never thought about it from the worm's point of view. It is a big subject, I can quite see.
Long ago there were holy men who understood the language of animals, so Maung Po Myit says. But now there is no one who knows their talk.Long ago there were holy men who understood the language of animals, so Maung Po Myit says. But now there is no one who knows their talk.