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The Fly

Chapter 1

THE ORIGIN OF THE FLY. (March 8, 1842)

[1.1] The fly, a small animal indeed and often troublesome to man as well as other living creatures on earth, especially at that time of the year when the rays of the sun beat upon the ground, is not so insignificant in the order of things or so purposeless as it may seem to be.

[1.2] In order to examine all this completely and usefully, we must pre-examine the natural state of this little animal.

[1.3] It would be superfluous to show you the shape of the yet-to-be-discussed fly, of which you will surely have many, but we should not neglect her interesting details or her coming into existence, which should be observed with diligence and an attentive spirit.

[1.4] How and what is the origin of the fly?

[1.5] Scientists may know that the fly lays eggs which are so small that they can hardly be seen by the human eye, and are, therefore, so light that the eggs, like sun-dust, can stay in the air very easily.

[1.6] But where does the fly lay its little eggs, since their number often exceeds millions, and how and where are they raised? Have you ever seen a young fly? However, the gnats are not young flies.

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