Excerpt from The Wingless Hour
But do the eyes Of the basilisk ever wink? Does the charm Of the serpent ever loosen its grip On the quivering bird? Stealthily, but persistently and surely, the filmy tentacles Of the octopus, as Victor Hugo pictures for us in The Toilers of th... e Sea, reach out for the neck and arms of the unthinking fisher man till suddenly the mighty muscles Of the frightful thing are wrapped around the shrieking victim as he is dragged down into the oozy depths Of ocean, where he is not so much devoured as he is absorbed into the belly Of the monster.
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