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Bee-Master of Warrilow

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"Bee-Master of Warrilow" by Tickner Edwardes is a captivating story that takes readers on a journey into the fascinating world of beekeeping and rural English life. The protagonist, John Boreham, is a masterful beekeeper who is dedicated to his craft and the well-being of his bees. Through his interactions with the villagers of Warrilow and the challenges he faces, we see a picture of a man deeply connected to nature and the rhythms of the countryside.

Edwardes' novel is rich in detail and beautifully written, with vivid descriptions of the landscapes and characters that bring the story to life. The author's love and knowledge of beekeeping shine through, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in the subject. The tensions that arise in the village, as well as the personal struggles faced by John Boreham, add depth and complexity to the narrative, keeping readers engaged from start to finish.

Overall, "Bee-Master of Warrilow" is a delightful and thought-provoking read that offers a unique perspective on rural life and the intricate world of bees. Edwardes' writing is both lyrical and informative, making this novel a true gem for lovers of nature, history, and a well-crafted story.

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"Is it true that a bee can only sting once?" I asked him, as he bent again over the crocus beds.

He laughed.

"What would be the good of a sword to a soldier," he said, "if only one blow could be struck with it? It is certainly true that the bee does not usually sting a second time, but that is only because you are too hasty with her. ...But now watch how the thing works naturally."

A bee had settled on his hand as he was speaking. He closed his fingers gently over it, and forced it to sting.

"Now," he continued, quite unconcernedly, "look what really happens..."
(from The Bee-Master of Warrilow)

The Bee-Master of Warrilow, steeped from his earliest years in the lore of his bee-keeping forefathers, is a guardian of the English bee-garden life and of the fascinating creature that is the honey bee.

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