On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on July 23, 2009


Opening line:
“When we compare the individuals of the same variety or sub-variety of our older cultivated plants and animals, one of the first points which strikes us is, that they generally differ more from each other than do the individuals of any one species or variety in a state of nature.”

Mr. Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot”s comments:

On first reading, I thought perhaps Mr. Darwin was alluding to Heinrich, my admittedly “older” yet increasingly uncultivated Dutch partridge hound. (Note to self: Have one of the servants put Heinrich down. His drooling is unsightly.) On further reflection, however, I see he is distinguishing between, for example, horrid, common city pigeons (stogies and cushats) and magnificent specimens such as my prize-winning scandaroon Bashar Najeeb. (Who knows I’m talking about him right now doesn’t he? Yes he does! And Bashar is a beautiful boy isn’t he? Yes he is! Take the corn from daddy’s lips. Take the corn…that’s the good boy! Yes he is!)

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