In short, the animal and vegetable lines, diverging widely above, join below in a loop.
I take it for granted that you do not wish to hear an echo from the pulpit nor from the theological class-room.
I am sufficiently convinced already that the members of a profession know their own calling better than anyone else can know it.
Why is it not just as likely that there were as many small general nearly at first as now, and as great a disproportion in the number of their species?
Indeed upon much that may have to say, I expect rather the charitable judgment than the full assent of those whose approbation I could most wish to win.
I know some people who never have any difficulties to speak of. The moment I understood your premisses, I felt sure you had a real foundation to hold on.
It remains to consider what attitude thoughtful men and Christian believers should take respecting them, and how they stand related to beliefs of another order.
But it was soon ascertained that this quaternary matter of the animal body was chemically the same in the plant, was elaborated there, and only appropriated by the animal.
It was implicitly supposed that every living thing was distinctively plant or animal; that there were real and profound differences between the two, if only they could be seized.
This substance, which is manifold in its forms and protean in its transformations, has, in its state of living matter, one physiological name which has become familiar, that of protoplasm.