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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.

peasant (noun): a poor person
accost (verb): to address someone aggressively
rend (verb): to tear or break
tooth and nail (adverb): ferociously, with intensity