Excerpt from The Sorosis, 1918, Vol. 25 The night was balmy. Gentle winds were whispering through the trees and daintily waving the tips of the branches. The slender poplar was silently turning her silver leaves in shy flirtation as she ventured sidelong glances at the gnarled oak. The elm was lulling the delicate white birch to dreams by the soft movement of her drooping boughs. Poor birch! She had had a terrible fright the day before. She had heard her first word of reproof. Therefore the elm was murmuring her most soothing lullabye. Flowers grew in profusion on the grassy sward below. The trailing morning glories had closed their trumpet heads in sleep. The lotus in the nearby silvery pool had shut her luxuriant cap. The wild roses, bashful violets, amones and lillies all were still. Only the night blooming cereus seemed energetically wakeful, but then, she slept all day, so she would be the same as dead were her moonlit petals t wide open sometimes. There was a wonderful feeling of serenity and peace in the scented air, and yet - he lay awake all the long hours of darkness! The experience had never been his before. He could t understand t being able to see though his eyes were wide open. Usually with the approach of night he unquestioningly curled up on some bed of moss, or crawled into a hole, and the next he knew the world was light again. Sometimes the woman was with him, nearly always, in fact, for he sought her companionship. She held an unaccountable attraction, a charm, a fascination for him. Presently he turned over and looked at the stars twinkling intermittently through the branches of the willow tree. But he was in anything but the humor to appreciate the lure of nature or be influenced by her soothing atmosphere. Thoughts came to his mind in disconnected order, unpleasant, agitating thoughts which he could t banish. Yes, many extraordinary events had taken place since the woman had given him the apple. 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.