She picked out a nice dry Cave, instead of a heap of wet leaves, to lie down in; and she strewed clean sand on the floor; and she lit a nice fire of wood at the back of the Cave; and she hung a dried wild-horse skin, tail down, across the opening of the Cave; and she said, 'Wipe your feet, dear, when you come in, and now we'll keep house. Why doesn't someone want to talk about it!
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We've started and won two atomic wars since ! Is it because we're having so much fun at home we've forgotten the world? Is it because we're so rich and the rest of the world's so poor and we just don't care if they are? I've heard rumors; the world is starving, but we're well fed. Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much? I've heard the rumors about hate too, once in a long while, over the years.
Do you know why? I don't, that's sure! Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave.
They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes! Imminent counteractions might unchain an avalanche of social fallouts if they feel ignored or disregarded. We must never fail to remember the lessons of history. I want to know: Are stars born in these black caves that house bated breaths and unspoken words?
Do our souls crawl on these tender cheeks to greet one another by ivory gates? What happens when we kiss? Where do you go? For I have lost my desire to know.
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Kiss me so that I forget myself. I close my eyes and fall in the abyss.
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Pieces of dragon dung flew off him and hit the ground behind him in miniature chunks. Jack raced around one corner too sharply and slipped on a piece of dung, crashing hard on his right side. He gasped as it knocked the wind out of him and gritted his teeth, his mind screaming at him to get up and run, run, run. Baba Yaga was coming. Baba Yaga was hunting him. Jack forced himself up onto his feet again, stumbling backwards and fumbling for the tracker.
He got it switched on to see an ominous blob approaching from the right. He needed to get topside to join the others so they could take her down. A mile up to the right had a man-made exit that spilled back up to the forest. The only problem was that it was a long passage. These bacteria can derive all their necessary food and energy from rocks, minerals, or dissolved chemicals. They can form an ecosystem that is totally independent of the life-giving light from the sun.
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Research would be needed to determine if Lehman Caves is home to bacteria of this type. Trogloxenes and Troglobites Animals who use caves fall into several different categories. A trogloxene is a species who uses caves, but does not spend its entire life cycle within one. Examples are chipmunks, mice, and pack rats. These animals are dependent on vegetation for food and must leave regularly to forage. Bats feed on flying insects, such as mosquitos, and so must also must leave the cave to find adequate food. The nesting material brought into the cave and droppings left behind by these temporary residents is a major source of nourishment for another type of animal known as a troglobite.
Troglobites are species that spend their entire life cycles in caves and include cave crickets, spiders, psuedoscorpions and the smaller mites and springtails. Often troglobites have adapted to the cave environment through morphological changes such as the loss of eyes and pigment and lengthening of appendages, as is seen in the cave dipluran. Though adapted to survive in the unique cave environment, they are dependent on organic material packed in by other animals or washed in from the surface.
They often must optimize meals that are few and far between. Navigating in the Dark Animals in the cave use a variety of senses to find needed shelter and food. Bats navigate through the pitch dark using echolocation, emitting sound waves and listening to the echo in order to located objects.
Pack rats follow the scent of their urine trail to their nests, called middens. They will fill these nests with pine cones, aluminum can tops, or anything else interesting, even though they cannot see decorations in the darkness. Ayla's different thought processes lead her to break important Clan customs, particularly the taboo against females handling weapons.
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She is self-willed and spirited, but tries hard to fit in with the Neanderthals, although she has to learn everything first-hand; she does not possess the ancestral memories of the Clan which enable them to do certain tasks after being shown only once. Iza trains Ayla as a medicine woman "of her line", the most prestigious line of medicine women out of all of the Clans. It takes her much longer to train Ayla than it will her own daughter, Uba, since Ayla does not possess the memories of the Clan. Iza is concerned that when Ayla grows up nobody will want her as their mate, making her a burden to the Clan.
So she trains Ayla to be a highly respected medicine woman who will have her own "status" and will not have to rely on the status of a mate. Ayla's main antagonist in the novel is Broud, son of the leader Brun, an egomaniac who feels that she takes credit and attention away from him. As the two mature, the hatred between them festers. When they are young adults, Broud brutally rapes Ayla in an impulsive bid to demonstrate his total control over her. Broud continues to assault Ayla multiple times daily, sinking her into a depression that leaves her despondent and disinterested, and she soon becomes pregnant.
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Iza explains to Ayla that her unusual appearance compared to the rest of the Clan will likely preclude her from obtaining a mate before she gives birth, a circumstance Iza's people believe will bring bad luck to their settlement. Ayla, having dreamed of being a mother for most of her life and now convinced that this may be her only chance due to her powerful totem, refuses Iza's suggestion that she take medicine to lose the child. Following a difficult pregnancy and a near-fatal labor, Ayla rejoices in the birth of a son but, due to his appearance being an amalgamation of Clan and Other features, he is classified by the Clan as deformed and he is almost taken away from her.
The book ends with Creb's death, Broud's succession to the leadership, and his banishment of Ayla, who sets off to find other people of her own kind. She is not allowed to take her son with her. The archaeological and paleontological research for this book was carried out by Auel from her public library, by attending archaeological conventions, and touring extensively on sites with briefings by working field archaeologists. Other data is clearly linked to the widespread Aurignacian culture and Gravettian culture , and their tell-tale Venus figurines which Auel uses as one center of her Cro-Magnon religious practices.
In , the novel was adapted into a film directed by Michael Chapman and starring Daryl Hannah. In , the Lifetime television network ordered a pilot episode, based on the series of novels.