Excerpt from Days Out of Doors I Am free to confess that, were our animals as stupid and machine-like as many observers represent them and as certain would-be critics assume them to be, I should t feel tempted to spend my days in a series of more or less protracted outings continuing through the year, r look upon experiment as one whit better than a pleasing pastime. But the beasts and birds, reptiles, fishes, and such small deer are thing of the kind, and their intelligence still t only offers a wide field for study, but adds a zest to every contemplative stroll. Strictly inanimate nature is, for me, far less exhilarating. Antres vast and deserts idle figure better in poetry than in fact, and the lifeless wastes of the world offer little that has roused my enthusiasm so promptly as some familiar field with its scattered sparrows, and perchance a bluebird on the rude worm fence; and as yet I have fear that at last there will be velty and my well-tramped fields will pall. To-morrow they will wear ather face. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.