The Great design

Frances Mason, The Great design: order and progress in nature, New York, The MacMillan, 1934, p. 315.

As Tennyson said when he tore himself away from the tadpoles, caddis-worms and wrigglers of the ditch, « What an imagination God has ! » In the all-round or synoptic view which most of us attempt, we must take account of life, just as we do of the stars, and in regard to life we must take account of fitness or adaptations, for they are characteristic through and through.