Quotation by Samuel Butler

Why should the generations overlap one another at all? Why cannot we be buried as eggs in neat little cells with ten or twenty thousand pounds each wrapped round us in Bank of England notes, and wake up, as the Sphinx wasp does, to find that its papa and mamma have not only left ample provision at its elbow but have been eaten by sparrows some weeks before we began to live consciously on our own accounts?
Samuel Butler (1835–1902), British author. First published in 1903. Ernest Pontifex, or The Way of All Flesh, ch. 18, p. 81, Houghton Mifflin (1964).
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