"Meanwhile, Deh-Yan, being intensely practical, was hardly giving her husband's music the applause and critical attention which he may have thought due to it. Hungry and cold as she was she must set to work ere the great unwieldy carcass should have stiffened, and, labouring as she had never laboured in her life, heaved, thrust, wrenched and tugged until the hide came away. During this moenadic spasm of toil I am bound to confess that my heroine worked stark naked despite the cold, and neither ate nor drank save for the morsels of raw bear-meat with which she filled a distended cheek at intervals. For Deh-Yan, though a savage, was no fool. She knew, none better, that the smell of so much spilt blood would bring upon the scene eagle and lammergeier, buzzard and raven, and what she feared more, wolverene, lynx, wolf, and she knew not what beside, possibly Man ! Whilst it lay there it was a menace to herself and to her husband ; but, promptly and properly dealt with, it was warmth and food and safety for the remainder of the winter." Ashton Hilliers, The Master Girl
Found through frantic, at Related, under Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms.
Apr 8, 2010
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