Made perfect through suffering


Blast from the past…

SPEAKZEASY

suffering

A tract from a passage in ‘Streams of the desert’:

I kept for nearly a year the flask-shaped cocoon of an emperor moth. It is very peculiar in its construction. A narrow opening is left in the neck of the flask, through which the perfect insect forces its way, so that a forsaken cocoon is a entire as one still tenanted, no rupture of the interlacing fibres having taken place.–The great disproportion between the means of egress and the size of the imprisoned insect makes one wonder how the exit is ever accomplished at all—-and it never is without great labour and difficulty. It is supposed that the pressure to which the moth’s body is subjected in passing through such a narrow opening is a provision of nature for forcing the juices into the vessels of the wings, these being less developed at the period of emerging from the chrysalis than…

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