“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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No doubt they were victualing columns sent out keiningen obtain provender for the rest of the army. Too bad if you’d missed the rest of the show, eh?

A third rode away to summon to the zone of the offensive all the men, except the observation posts, on the near-by sections of the ditch, which were not yet actively threatened. Get started by clicking the “Add” button. Want to Read saving…. Through the blazing ring hurtled an apparition which, as soon as it reached the ground on the inner side, fell full length and did not move.

A dispassionate observer would have estimated the odds against him at a thousand to one. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The trunks and branches of the trees and the creepers of the lianas, on the far bank of the ditch, fairly swarmed with industrious insects.

Would the creatures never learn that their self-sacrifice was utterly senseless? 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, leininfen began fervidly digging up to the edge of the bank and throwing clods of earth and spadefuls of sand into the midst of the hostile fleet. But instead of eating the leaves there and then, they were merely gnawing through the stalks, so that a thick green shower fell steadily to the ground.

The planter ordered the man at the wheel first to lower the water in the ditch almost to vanishing point, next to wait a moment, then suddenly to let the river in again. Leiningeen could gersus be long now before a stretch of water a mile in length was decked by a green pontoon over which the ants could rush in millions. When reinforcements reached Leiningen, the invaders were halfway over.


There are rafts enough to spare on the river and plenty of time still to reach ’em. Leiningen got up on a chair. In spite of this bloody warning, more and more men showed they were making up their minds to run the blockade.

Moreover, during his three years as a planter, Leiningen had met and defeated drought, Hood, plague and all other “acts of God” which had come against him-unlike his fellow-settlers in the district, who had made little or no resistance. Into this concrete ditch emptied the inflow pipes from three great petrol tanks. When I began this model farm and plantation three years ago, I took into account all that could conceivably happen to it.

When warned of an approaching cataclysm — a large swarm of ants eating their way through the jungle as an unstoppable force consuming everything in their path — Leiningen refuses to yield like his neighbors:.

Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

I haven’t tue reread it, but it creeped me right out at the time. That same evening, however, Leiningen assembled his workers. Visibly the swiftness and power of the masses of water increased, swirling into quicker and quicker movement its living black surface, dispersing its pattern, carrying away more and more of it on the hastening current.

Was there an Indian daring enough after that to run the gauntlet five times as far? Victory had been snatched from the very jaws of defeat. When Leiningen’s men, behind their barrier of water, perceived leiningrn approach of the long-expected foe, they gave vent to their suspense in screams and imprecations.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

The old Indian’s brew didn’t seem much good; it weakened the poison a bit, but didn’t get rid of it. And meanwhile Leiningen had made a discovery that chilled him to the bone-petrol was no longer flowing into the ditch. Dawn found a thoroughly refreshed and active Leiningen riding along the edge of the ditch. Leiningen Versus The Ants”. The plantation workers are frightened, Leiningen offers them full pay and allows them to leave.


During this outflanking movement by the wings, the army on the center and southern front remained still. Streams of evil-reeking oil now soared and fell over an enemy already in disorder through the bombardment of earth and sand. However, this plan requires reaching the dam, long overrun by the ants.

However reading it for what it is proves to be an entertaining, fun and enthralling read. With a bound he was over–and among the ants. It was possible–yes, if one could only get to the dam!

Leiningen Versus the Ants

Leiningen acknowledged his silent vote of confidence with a laugh that was half a grunt. The Brazilian rose heavily to his feet. Feb 03, Tannishtha Som rated it really liked it. As the curtain of flames lowered, one could see in place of the illimitable host of ants an extensive vista of water.

Then all at once he saw, starkly clear and huge, and, right before his eyes, furred with ants, towering and swaying in its death agony, the pampas stag. Even here, in this Brazilian wilderness, his brain had triumphed over every difficulty and danger it had so far encountered.

With fomentations and salves, they had verwus to stop the bleeding, and had dressed his many wounds. Open Preview See a Problem? The human brain needs only to become fully aware of its powers to conquer even the elements.

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