His efforts can only be compared with those of a gadfly or a mosquito.
The gadfly uses a like forethought in selecting a place for her eggs.
Some gadfly stings him: he seizes his tomahawk and is off on the trail.
She understood that he had invented a pretext in order to leave her alone with the Gadfly.
"So it's the Gadfly," thought Gemma, looking at him with some curiosity.
Presently he heard the Gadfly move restlessly two or three times.
The Gadfly was too much exhausted to wake easily when once asleep.
Now he was saddled with the Gadfly, an animated quintessence of the spirit of mischief.
"I would rather get it over now," the Gadfly answered in the same tone.
The Gadfly was lying with closed eyes; but he felt that Montanelli was looking at him.