Art: Pan v. Rima

Wandering in a haunted Venezuelan jungle, a naturalist once heard a trilling note, birdlike, clear, unearthly. Stumbling in the thickets, he sought its source for days, but it always eluded him. One day by accident he came upon the triller.

It was Rima, a bird-girl.* In his famed Green Mansions, Novelist William Henry Hudson invented this tale, described the graceful Rima thus:

"Her figure and features were singularly delicate but it was her color that struck me most. ... It seemed a some-what dim white or pale grey. . . . It was...

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