That great Frenchman first carried out the conception that living bodies, fundamentally considered, are not associations of organs which can be understood by studying them first apart, and then as it were federally; but must be regarded as consisting of certain primary webs
or tissues, out of which the various organs--brain, heart, lungs, and so on-- are compacted, as the various accommodations of a house are built up in various proportions of wood, iron, stone, brick, zinc, and the rest, each material having its peculiar composition and proportions.
Every path in the forest is barricaded with the strong yellow web of a species, belonging to the same division with the Epeira clavipes of Fabricius, which was formerly said by Sloane to make, in the West Indies, webs so strong as to catch birds.
I once, however, saw in a hot-house in Shropshire a large female wasp caught in the irregular web of a quite small spider; and this spider, instead of cutting the web, most perseveringly continued to entangle the body, and especially the wings, of its prey.
Nor is Nature so poor but she gives me this joy several times, and thus we weave social threads of our own, a new web
of relations; and, as many thoughts in succession substantiate themselves, we shall by and by stand in a new world of our own creation, and no longer strangers and pilgrims in a traditionary globe.
At once she was caught in a web
of ravishing music and dazzled by a panorama of lights and colours.
Therefore do I tear at your web
, that your rage may lure you out of your den of lies, and that your revenge may leap forth from behind your word "justice.
Apparently the mingled thread in the web
of their life was so curiously twisted together that there could be no joy without a sorrow coming close upon it.
And he proposed further, "that by employing spiders, the charge of dyeing silks should be wholly saved;" whereof I was fully convinced, when he showed me a vast number of flies most beautifully coloured, wherewith he fed his spiders, assuring us "that the webs
would take a tincture from them; and as he had them of all hues, he hoped to fit everybody's fancy, as soon as he could find proper food for the flies, of certain gums, oils, and other glutinous matter, to give a strength and consistence to the threads.
But his mouth was full of soot and cob- webs
, and he was tied up in such very tight knots, he could not make anybody hear him.
He looked at the forest on the bank of the stream, saw the individual trees, the leaves and the veining of each leaf -- he saw the very insects upon them: the locusts, the brilliant bodied flies, the gray spiders stretching their webs
from twig to twig.
Having buttoned the overcoat round her shoulders he plunged into the webs
of vapour which by this time formed veils between the trees.
Clacton to enchanted people in a bewitched tower, with the spiders' webs
looping across the corners of the room, and all the tools of the necromancer's craft at hand; for so aloof and unreal and apart from the normal world did they seem to her, in the house of innumerable typewriters, murmuring their incantations and concocting their drugs, and flinging their frail spiders' webs
over the torrent of life which rushed down the streets outside.