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The subject is, however, much too large for us to enter fully into on the present occasion. Winged insects like bees and wasps manifest also the homing instinct. In their case the return to the nest or hive is effected probably altogether under the guidance of vision. This is what we should expect, as elevation in the air secures for these creatures a wide and unimpeded view of their world. Circumstances are obviously different in the case of ants and other creeping things, whose immediate outlook, like that of four-footed Sense of Olfaction in Lower Animals 31 mammals, is circumscribed to an area of but a few inches or feet at the most.
It would be. Nevertheless, in spite of the keen olfaction of both of those writers, neither of them, as far as I can remember, weaves the memory-reviving power of olfaction into a plot. " The more recent English and foreign writers, however, give us a surfeit of odours—as if to prove their superiority in this as in all else. It seems strange, moreover, that the theatre should have overlooked this avenue to the memory and imagination of its audiences. The ancient Romans, to be sure, during the gladiatorial games, used to perfume the atmosphere of the Colosseum, whether to counteract the raw smell of dust, blood, and sweat, it were hard to say, as these rank odours play their part, again subtly, in stimulating the slaughterous passions of mankind.
Let me go on. " Before I had realised what I was doing, without stopping to think, I uttered the words aloud, moving my arms so as to follow the ritual. Scarcely were the syllables out of my mouth—it closes with the name and the clock was striking twelve as I spoke it—scarcely, I say, were the words out of my mouth when—God ! —I heard the latch-key going into the hall door, and the door slowly opening—I was alone in the flat, and—oh ! I can never tell you ! —I heard a step,—a cough—oh ! — What .
Aromatics and the Soul. A Study of Smells by Dan McKenzie