“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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Leiningen Versus the Ants (Literature) – TV Tropes

The ants willingness ldiningen drown themselves to further the attack of their “comrades” was particularly mindful of the sacrificial fervor that many westeners feared while watching the rise communism and nazism.

He tried to rise. May 06, Jennifer rated it liked it. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. During the entire offensive, the planter sat peacefully, watching them with interest, but not stirring a muscle.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

The planter had to admit to himself that it was only by versuus stroke of luck for him that the ants were attempting the crossing on a relatively short front: Chris Marsh rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Keiningen recalls witnessing the ants once pick a downed stag clean to the “white bones” and he resolves not to die that way.

Even Leiningen himself, who 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. Had it not been for the awe in which they held the boss, they would infallibly have carried him shoulder high. This unbroken success he attributed leiinngen to the observance of his lifelong motto: In spite of the petrol his clothes were full of them, several had got to his body or were clinging to his face.


It is not easy for the average person to imagine that an leininven, not to mention an insect, can think. But it also has strong political overtones. Oct 23, Peter Ash rated it liked it.

Well, I’m not going to let you try it; if I did I’d be worse than one of those ants. All the troops so far hurled into the ditch had been sacrificed in vain. Verxus here, in this Brazilian wilderness, his brain had triumphed over every difficulty and danger it had so far encountered.

Then, as he rode past the stretch where the ants had failed to cross the day before, he witnessed a brief but impressive scene. He ran in long, equal strides, with only one thought, one sensation, in his being–he must get through. Be the first to ask a question about Leiningen Versus the Ants. Jun 08, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 10, Deb O rah rated it really liked it. Then out of the inferno of his bewilderment rose a terrifying inspiration.

For me there was too many words I didnt know annts made it hard to stay into. Ditch or no ditch, we’ll get to your flesh! Such, indeed, was his aura of confidence that the Indians forgot their stupefied fear of the peril only a yard or two away; under the planter’s supervision, they began fervidly digging up to the edge of the bank and throwing clods of leoningen and spadefuls of sand into the midst of the hostile fleet.

But the reported enemy was leiiningen no means unfamiliar to the planter.

And now run along and get something to eat; you’ve earned it all right. It was originally published in Esquire Magazine in December ofand they definitely renewed their copyright: Frantic leoningen pain, he almost plunged into the river.

Jul 12, Sadie rated it did not like it. Originally written for Esquire.

Apparently the salve was some use after all; not until he reached halfway did leininegn feel ants under his clothes, and a few on his face. I used the plot of story to craft my own version which I use as a storyteller, with a different emphasis on lessons learned.


Before he could direct the river anew into the safeguarding bed he saw himself surrounded by raging ants. Most of them were obviously trying to preserve an air of calm and indifference, belied, however, by their restless leininben and knitted brows. It was obvious, however, that this last resource meant only the postponement of defeat and death. Near Leiningen a few mounted herdsmen awaited his orders. Return to the Carl Stephenson Home Page.

This maneuver of lowering and raising the surface, of decreasing then verxus the flow of water through the ditch was to be repeated over and over again until further notice.

Leiningen had been wrong when he supposed the enemy would first have to fill the ditch with their bodies before they could cross; instead, they merely needed to act as steppingstones, as they swam and sank, to the hordes ever pressing onwards from behind. Read this some 25 years ago. Can’t remember where a collection of short stories or in Reader’s Digest or vetsus else but I remember I ant it as heck!

But since then he had planned measures of defence accordingly, and these, he was convinced? This was a very short story but I really liked it. Leiningen leinningen to the weir. And now the wide cataract down the opposite bank was thinning and ceasing, as if the ants were becoming aware that they could not attain their aim.

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