The Female of the Species
When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
accost (verb): to address someone aggressively
rend (verb): to tear or break
tooth and nail (adverb): ferociously, with intensity