"There is no real food or water in Lothar," he said; "nor has there been for countless ages.
They claim that it is unnecessary to imagine food; but we have found that for the maintenance of life we must thrice daily sit down to hearty meals.
"Why, this is only August; and with your light work and good food he ought not to go down like this, even if it was autumn.
I hate to be suspicious, and, thank heaven, I have no cause to be, for I can trust my men, present or absent; but there are mean scoundrels, wicked enough to rob a dumb beast of his food. You must look into it." And turning to his man, who had come to take me, "Give this horse a right good feed of bruised oats, and don't stint him."
He did not live for food
, for shelter, for a comfortable place between the darknesses that rounded existence.
It is the doctrine of Malthus applied with manifold force to the whole animal and vegetable kingdoms; for in this case there can be no artificial increase of food, and no prudential restraint from marriage.
Our familiarity with the larger domestic animals tends, I think, to mislead us: we see no great destruction falling on them, and we forget that thousands are annually slaughtered for food, and that in a state of nature an equal number would have somehow to be disposed of.
Take the case of hunger: we have first an uncomfortable feeling inside, producing a disinclination to sit still, a sensitiveness to savoury smells, and an attraction towards any food
that there may be in our neighbourhood.
Yet Michael permitted Kwaque to serve him in matters of food
, water, and other offices, at first in the absence of Steward attending to his ship duties, and, later, at any time.
Now as soon as the little boy had eaten all the food
which his sister had left him, he went out into the woods, and gathered berries and dug up roots, and while the sun shone he was contented and had his fill.
Because of the wall and the guards and the watchers, there was more time to hunt and fish and pick roots and berries; there was more food
, and better food
, and no one went hungry.
Mumbling as it worked, it repeated again and again, "Food
Yet that the soil of the valley was tilled was evident and that these things had food
was equally so.
The girl's words temporarily quieted the men, and finally it was decided that the two kegs of water and the four tins of food
should be divided into two parts, one-half going forward to the three sailors to do with as they saw best, and the balance aft to the three passengers.
The practical objection to animal food
in my case was its uncleanness; and besides, when I had caught and cleaned and cooked and eaten my fish, they seemed not to have fed me essentially.