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Issue 19/2005, July 28 2005 (No. 193)
German version
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Upon a snail
She goes but softly, but she goeth sure,
She stumbles not, as stronger creatures do.
Her journey's shorter, so she may endure
Better than they which do much farther go....
John Bunyan (1628 - 1688)

There is a plum tree in the backyard of our house One day in June I saw a snail on a lank twig. The twig was at a height of two metres. It was thinner than the hole of the snail-shell. The snail still stuck to the twig.

The snail had retreated into her snail-shell.
She had retreated into her snail-shell because of the heat and the dryness. The snail-shell sheltered the snail from drying up. It was pretty and individual.  

The snail moved.
The next day I saw the snail (was it really the same one?) on a branch, which was a metre away from the twig. It had been raining. The bark of the tree wasn't as dry as the day before. The snail moved forward slowly and elegantly. She had extended her tentacles. Her body had a firm contact to the branch.

Slowly going 1 (in German)

Slowly going 2 (in English)

Slowly going 4 (in English)

Slowly going 5 (in English)

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Thursday, August 4 2005

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