The panting spiders heave and sway

TCD MS 10516 folio 75 recto

TCD MS 10516 folio 75 recto

[12th October 1916] other; pedipalp meets with pedipalp to ward off the gaping, ponderous jaws. They rock from side to side like wrestlers separated at arms length, manoeuvring for position, each watching its advantage to dash in upon the foe. The opportunity is seen; they rush in; jaw locks in jaw; pedipalp abuts on pedipalp, and the contest is clinched. The panting spiders heave and sway locked with the tenacity of bull-dogs; they never relax their hold. They endeavour to drag, to overthrow one another, and their massive, unwieldy bodies roll heavily in the combat. Give one the slightest chance and it will drive its fangs into the soft parts of its opponent and the struggle ends. But often the wrestle is equal; they separate and dash headlong away. The spider at best is an uninviting creature but two, enraged, joined in mor-