took the line of (the) least resistance

nemo eve walle

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chinese
I believe he hovered through long hesitations about the fields of the Hickleybrow glebe, and finally, when that squealing began, took the line of least resistance out of his perplexities into the Incognito.
From The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth/Book I/Chapter II

The bold sentence is comparative, and the superlative degree, why doesn't it have ''the''?
Usually it should have ''the'', such as the happiest student, the tallest child, the biggest house and so on.
 
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