Charles Darwin had a thing about worms. His final book was about their impact on soil, and their contribution to the evolution of other species. Despite its title, Vegetable Mould sold even more briskly than On the Origin of Species – an indication of the extent to which Victorian society lionised the great man of Nature.
In his autobiography, Darwin records his earliest encounter with animal suffering, and his instinctive abhorrence of it. The victim was an earthworm, the evil done, impalement on a hook for fishing. He describes his satisfaction at discovering that he could kill worms in advance by immersing them in salty water.… Seguir leyendo »