Excerpt: ...and cast it. Even at 162 this distance the air was
tainted with the odour of the birds and their prey, but the thing
had to be fetched, and Adams was not the man to exhibit qualms
before a savage. "Come," said he, and they started. The birds saw
them coming, and some flew away; others, trying to fly away, rose
in the air heavily and fluttering a hundred yards sank and
scattered about in the grass, looking like great vermin; a few
remained waddling here and there, either too impudent for flight or
too greatly gorged. Truly it had been a great killing, and the
ground was ripped as if by ploughs. Over a hundred square yards lay
blistering beneath the sun, red and blue and black; and the torment
of it pierced the silence like a shout, though not a movement was
there, save the movement of the bald-headed vulture as he waddled,
or the flapping of a rag of skin to the breeze. They seized on the
tent, the Zappo Zap laughing and with teeth glinting in the sun. It
was the smallest tent, ripped here and there, but otherwise sound;
the mosquito net inside was intact and rolled up like a ball, but
the pole was broken in two. As they carried it between them, they
had to pass near a man. He was very dead, that man; a great foot
had trodden on his face, and it was flattened out, looking like a
great black flat-fish in which a child, for fun, had punched holes
for eyes and mouth and nose; it was curling up at the edges under
the sun's rays, becoming converted into a cup. 163 "B'selius," said
Felix, with a laugh, indicating this thing as they passed it. Adams
had his hands full, or he would have struck the brute to the
ground. He contented himself with driving the tent pole into the
small of his back to urge him forward. From that moment he
conceived a hatred for Felix such as few men have felt, for it was
not a hatred against a man, or even a brute, but a black automatic
figure with filed teeth, a thing with the brain and heart...
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