(Aepyornis Island, H G Wells) Includes: Famous quotes of H G Wells, Complete bibliography of H G Wells, Biography of H G Wells, The man with the scarred face leant over the table and looked at my bundle. "Orchids?" he asked. "A few," I said. "Cypripediums," he said. "Chiefly," said I. "Anything new? I thought not. I did these islands twenty-five- twenty-seven years ago. If you find anything new here-well, it's brand new. I didn't leave much." "I'm not a collector," said I. "I was young then," he went on. "Lord! how I used to fly round." He seemed to take my measure. "I was in the East Indies two years, and in Brazil seven. Then I went to Madagascar." "I know a few explorers by name," I said, anticipating a yarn. "Whom did you collect for?" "Dawson's. I wonder if you've heard the name of Butcher ever?" "Butcher-Butcher?" The name seemed vaguely present in my memory; then I recalled Butcher v. Dawson. "Why!" said I, "you are the man who sued them for four years' salary-got cast away on a desert island..."