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“Leiningen Versus the Ants” is a gripping tale of Man versus Nature. As a virtual plague of voracious, thinking creatures marches toward the expansive coffee. Leiningen Versus the Ants has ratings and 26 reviews. Gbolahan said: Read this some 25 years ago. Can’t remember where (a collection of short stories. Leiningen Versus the Ants, a Short Story by Carl Stephenson.

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Thinking about a stag he had seen the ants devour to the bones, he forces himself to get up.

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Hardly likely; and if there were, his prospect verzus getting back was almost nil. The Lyons Press, pp. The biggest danger now, he decided, was the point where the western section of the ditch curved southwards.

Then they began to climb up this to make straight for the helpless garrison. But the file of aants was too sparse and scattered to hold off at all points these landing parties, and though the peons toiled like madmen, their plight became momentarily more perilous.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

The besieged were therefore able to contemplate at their leisure the thumb-long, reddish black, long-legged insects; some of the Indians believed they could see, too, intent on them, the brilliant, cold eyes, and the razor-edged mandibles, of this host of infinity.

A few of the peons fell on their knees and began to pray; others, shrieking insanely, fired their revolvers at the black, advancing masses, as if they felt their despair was pitiful enough to sway fate itself to mercy.

During this outflanking movement by the wings, the army on the center leininggen southern front remained still.

He started of towards the northwest corner of the trench. Was there nothing on earth could sweep this devil’s spawn back into the hell from which it came? This was a very short story but I really liked it. He and his men can take refuge in the heights of the manor house on a hill.

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Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

But you’re pulling my leg of course when you say I must do a bunk. On his way back he stumbles. As the curtain of flames lowered, one could see in place of the illimitable host of ants an extensive vista of water. Leiningen galloped to the weir. Leiningen struggles to his feet and returns to safety. He is badly hurt but alive. Retrieved from ” https: Blinded, it had reeled in the madness of hideous torment straight into the ranks of its persecutors, and now the beast swayed to and fro in its death agony.

Now one of you might manage to get as far as the weir–but he’d never come back. He ran like the others, ran for his life. To add to his difficulties, the very clods of earth they flung into that black floating carpet often whirled fragments toward the defenders’ side, and here and there dark ribbons were already mounting the inner bank.

Before he started work on his settlement, he had lived long enough in the country to see for himself the fearful devastations sometimes wrought by these ravenous insects in their campaigns for food.

Can’t remember where a collection of short stories or in Reader’s Digest or somewhere else but I remember I loved it as heck!

The planter’s chin jutted; they hadn’t got him yet, and he’d see to it they never would. Karen Rose 1 November He saw he was drawing appreciably nearer the weir–the distance grew less and less–sank to five hundred–three–two–one hundred yards. Are the ants the Nazis? Open Preview See a Problem?

Return to the Carl Stephenson Home Page. But the boss is such a force of nature himself that some workers stay behind to implement Leiningen’s formidable battle plans to defeat the ants.

Once these blighters turn tail, there’ll be plenty of work for everyone and higher wages all round. Entire clumps of huddling insects began to roll down the opposite bank into the water. Adrian rated it liked it Jun 25, Realizing that another such casualty, yes, perhaps this alone, might plunge his men into confusion and destroy their morale, Leiningen roared in a bellow louder than the yells of the victim: He worked out in some detail a scheme liningen intensive cultivation which would enable him, before gersus long, to more than compensate himself for the damage now being wrought to his crops.


The beleaguered garrison had no opportunity to watch Leiningen’s race against death.

But even then the fierce mandibles did not slacken; another peon had to help him squash and detach each separate insect. He stationed his men at irregular distances along the water ditch, the first line of defence.

Even Leiningen himself, versuus had ridden up just in time to restore their loss of heart by a display of unshakable calm, even he could not free himself from a qualm of malaise. The Brazilian official threw up lean and lanky arms and clawed the air leiningem wildly distended fingers.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Leiningen, the owner of a plantation in lsiningen Brazilian rainforestis warned by the district commissioner that a swarm of ferocious and organised soldier ants is approaching and that he must flee. Not by a long shot; they were all the more eager now on a rich and certain booty–four hundred men, numerous horses, and bursting granaries.

And meanwhile Leiningen had made a discovery that chilled him to the bone-petrol was no longer flowing into the ditch. He dodged all trees and shrubs; except for the split seconds his soles touched the ground the ants should have no opportunity to alight on him.