The scorpion’s subtle poison is on trial

TCD MS 10516 folio 75 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 75 verso

[12th October 1916] tal battle, fang in fang, provide a loathsome spectacle.
Its contests with the scorpion are scarcely less repulsive. Again the opponents clash, but the strife is swifter, the issue more deadly. A confused whirl of tangled limbs, a sudden thrust, a vicious bite, and one is vanquished. Either the scorpion has driven its curved sting into the soft abdomen of its foe, or, the spider, with its powerful fangs, has crushed the base of the scorpion’s sting and robbed it of its power. In one short tussle the scorpion’s subtle poison is on trial against the spider’s nimble strength. Sometimes victory is to the one, sometimes to the other.
The spider knows its enemy’s weapon, and plunges direct upon it. If the adversary is its own kind, it meets it jaw in jaw; if the opponent is