natgeo Video @melissalesh and @tbfrost | A 14 to 15 foot male saltwater crocodile slowly swims along the Mary River in the Northern Territory of Australia. The Mary river is famous for having the highest density of saltwater crocodiles in the world. On a 30 minute boat ride down some stretches of this river you can easily spot several dozen very, very large saltwater crocodiles. What I love about this video though is that it shows how perfectly crocodiles move through the water. Notice the only disturbance to the water is the small bow wave created by the crocodiles snout? Australians joke that they know a crocodile is big when it creates a bow wave when swimming. The reason they create such little disturbance when swimming is partly because the little ridges on their backs, called scutes, create cross currents that cancel each other out, allowing them to be the ultimate masters of stealth. I like to think of wildlife as super heroes, because they can do so much we can’t.
“what a smile! i remember it now, and i know that it was the effluence of fine intellect, of true courage; it lit up her marked lineaments, her sunken gray eye, like a reflection from the aspect of an angel.”
“resting my head on helen’s shoulder, i put my arms round her waist; she drew me to her, and we reposed in silence.”
“first, they glowed in the bright tint of her cheek, which till this hour i had never seen but pale and bloodless; then they shone in the liquid lustre of her eyes, which had suddenly acquired a beauty more singular than that of miss temple’s – a beauty neither of fine colour nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance. then her soul sat on her lips, and language flowed, from what source i cannot tell; has a girl of fourteen a heart large enough, vigorous enough to hold the swelling spring of pure, full, fervid eloquence?”
jane eyre, on blanche ingram
“blanche was moulded like a dian. i regarded her, of course, with special interest.”
“the noble bust, the sloping shoulders, the graceful neck, the dark eyes and black ringlets were all there”
“she was the very type of majesty: then she was accomplished, sprightly. most gentlemen would admire her, i thought”
jane eyre, on mary and diana rivers
“both were fair complexioned and slenderly made; both possessed faces full of distinction and intelligence.”
“diana had a voice toned, to my ear, like the cooing of a dove. she possessed eyes whose gaze i delighted to encounter. her whole face seemed to me full of charm. mary’s countenance was equally intelligent – her features equally pretty”
jane eyre, on rosamond oliver
“perfect beauty is a strong expression, but i do not retract or qualify it: as sweet features as ever the temperate clime of albion moulded, as pure hues of rose and lily as ever her humid gales and vapoury skies generated and screened, justified, in this instance, the term. no charm was wanting, no defect was perceptible; the young girl had regular and delicate lineaments; eyes shaped and coloured as we see them in lovely pictures, large, and dark, and full; the long and shadowy eyelash which encircles a fine eye with so soft a fascination; the pencilled brow which gives such clearness; the white, smooth forehead, which adds such repose to the livelier beauties of tint and ray; the cheek oval, fresh, and smooth; the lips, fresh too, ruddy, healthy, sweetly formed; the even and gleaming teeth without flaw; the small dimpled chin; the ornament of rich, plenteous tresses – all advantages, in short, which, combined, realised the ideal of beauty, were fully hers. i wondered, as i looked at this fair creature: i admired her with my whole heart.”
jane eyre, on edward rochester, the “love of her life”
“the incident had occurred and was gone for me: it was an incident of no moment, no romance, no interest in a sense”
“i knew my traveller, with his broad and jetty eyebrows, his square forehead, made squarer by the horizontal sweep of his black hair. i recognised his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, i thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw – yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake.”
”’you examine me, miss eyre,’ said he: ‘do you think me handsome?’ i should, if i had deliberated, have replied to this question by something conventionally vague and polite; but the answer somehow slipped from my tongue before i was aware, ‘no, sir.’”
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