Wasp, Ant

From Elmore Leonard’s Pronto (1993) in which the protagonist, Harry Arno, discusses his wartime experience guarding poet Ezra Pound in Italy:

Once, I asked him how he was doing. He said he was watching a wasp build a house with four rooms. I saw him again a month later, after he’d been transferred to the medical compound. He was sitting at a desk, typing. …He looked at me and, while he was still typing, said, “The ant’s a centaur in his dragon world. Pull down thy vanity.” I said, “What?”

And so NOW I understand the termite of temptation

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