First published: 1939.
Library copy published: 1947.
“One soons becomes accustomed to contact with these peaceful insects, who dream only of the fulfilment of their task.” p. 11
“But we know nothing of the mysterious power governing this clear-sighted organization, or what generates this collective instinct which always decides and commands for the greatest profit of the community.” p. 142
“We can see but we cannot understand. The road we have traversed is insignificant. One crest surrmounted reveals another still higher. We can pore over these insects which tread the same earth as we do, breathe the same air: we can study their habits and even grasp the significance of their actions. But shall we ever know what goes on behind their domed brows, in the depths of their unmoving eyes? The true mystery, that of all life, remains untouched.” p. 143