At the Earth's Core

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...At the Earth's Core


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs



CONTENTS


PROLOG
...

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...of the desert--I was the only "white" man. As we
approached the little clump of...

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...Roughly, it is a steel cylinder a hundred feet
long, and jointed so that it may...

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...he cried, "it cannot be possible--quick! What does the distance
meter read?"

That and the speedometer...

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...witness a perfect orgy of prayer--if one may allude with such a
simile to so solemn...

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...this
rate. You never intimated that the speed of this thing would be so
high, Perry....

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...swear, but his best efforts
would have seemed like those of a tyro alongside of Perry's...

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...I answered; "but what difference will it
make when our air supply is exhausted whether the...

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...We knew that there was no hope, and yet
with the persistence of life itself we...

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...The
point of the prospector was ABOVE us. Slowly it dawned on me that
since passing...

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...David, since we started. You know that."

I did know it; but here we were...

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...we be?" I asked, turning to Perry.

For some moments the old man did not reply....

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...it before. Fully
thrice the size of the sun I had known throughout my life,...

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...had evidently attracted him to them. A dozen times he
scrambled up the trunks like...

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...his huge bulk and all the irresistible force of
those mighty muscles. Slowly, but surely,...

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...advantage, for climbing upon it I
leaped to another a few paces farther on, and in...

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...the great brute to come slinking
with bared fangs toward me, and as I turned to...

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...of that awful experience.

From tree to tree the agile creatures sprang like flying squirrels,
while the...

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...explained the reasons for their presence.

My guard halted before one of the huts into which...

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...were indeed standing upon the inside surface of a
sphere?"

"But the sun, Perry!" I urged. ...

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...was interrupted by the appearance of several of our
captors before the entrance of the hut....

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...entered the natural arena within the rocky
hills. Their laughter ceased. Grim ferocity marked...

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...which had
now regained its senses and its feet, fled howling with fright. Past
us swept...

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... Their feet were shod with skin
sandals. The men wore loin cloths of the...

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...I have lost all respect for time--I am commencing to
doubt that such a thing exists...

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...man?" she answered my question with
another.

"They do not, where I come from," I replied. ...

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...Mahars largely by
comparisons. In this way they were like unto thipdars, in that to...

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... Seal-like creatures
there were with long necks stretching ten and more feet above their
enormous bodies...

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...quite close to Dian. We were all
standing, and as he edged near the girl...

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...to me, the
more I came to miss it; and the more impregnable the barrier of...

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...all my
life had I witnessed a more horrible exhibition of bestial rage--I
thanked God that Dian...

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...second believed that I clung only to the memory of a gentle
friendship I had lost,...

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...it;
but he only shrugged his shoulders and continued a longwinded prayer he
had been at for...

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...Perry as the thing passed me to inspect him. The old man
was gazing at...

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...were handling the
ancient archives of the race.

During this period my thoughts were continually upon Dian...

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...subject of my thoughts, and when I slept
her dear face haunted my dreams. More...

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...guide you?"

Ghak didn't know what Perry meant by heavenly bodies or a compass, but
he assured...

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...upon the outer
earth. These terrible convulsions of nature time and time again wiped
out the...

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...to carry
out your wild scheme, if we could not accomplish something of very real
and lasting...

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...the darkness of ignorance
into the light of advancement and civilization. At one step we...

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...killed a Sagoth
of the detachment that had pursued and overtaken them.

At the intelligence my heart...

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...of huge Sagoths, the largest I ever had seen, and
on either side of her waddled...

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...high upon her head filled me with
alarm.

Presently a door in one side of the arena...

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...flesh or fish within Pellucidar that they will not eat with
relish in the constant efforts...

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...the tarag's
abdomen, pinning him to the floor of the arena.

The great cat clawed at the...

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...amphitheater had grown fainter and fainter
until now all was as silent as the tomb about...

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...only
compare with that occasionally experienced in dreams.

And as I crossed Phutra's flower-bespangled plain that time...

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...on the eyes and entrails, much to the
amusement of Ghak, to whom I always passed...

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...with which he came which seemed quite
sufficiently menacing, so that I did not need the...

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... He was indeed a brother-man, and that he
might have killed me with pleasure had...

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...know, but in my own was merely the
question as to how soon the fellow would...

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...the islands.

"We are fishermen, though we be great hunters as well, often going to
the mainland...

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...the pretty, level beach Ja leaped out and I followed him.
Together we dragged the skiff...

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...are the windings of these trails, so varied the connecting
links and the distances which one...

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...of how I had saved his life, and she was thereafter
most kind and hospitable toward...

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...paces and then began to ascend a
primitive ladder similar to that which leads from the...

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...slid noiselessly
into the water. Up and down the long tank she swam, turning at...

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...mark where the two vanished.

For a time all was silence within the temple. The...

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...and three of the slaves, there
were only a score of full-grown men left, and I...

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...my weight upon it proved too much for it. It
slipped and I lunged forward....

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...the waters and
devour you! It is frightful.

But they did not come, and at last...

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...serve to guide me in a straight
line.

As it was I must have walked for a...

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...too;
the great, shaggy man had found a place in the hearts of us both, for
he...

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...down to the beach, for the scene was very
beautiful. As I passed along beside...

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...remains are found within the outer crust as far back as the
Triassic formation, a gigantic...

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...me from
the direction of the bluff at my left. I looked and could have...

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...intentions
and that he was quite likely to lose all his meal instead of having it
doubled...

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...I discovered your own footprints in the sand
beside it.

"I immediately set out in search of...

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...have reported and handed down to me, is a great wall
that prevents the earth and...

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...impression, and started the train of
thought that would lead him to a partial understanding of...

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...in all my life have I heard of a
prisoner returning to the Mahars of his...

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...the island of Anoroc as a base, and
his savage warriors as escort Perry and I...

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...my return, for riddle they
still considered it.

I had spoken to the Sagoths as I had...

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...my right.

"You are to appear before the learned ones who will question you
regarding this strange...

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...are killed. Thus it has
happened that several mighty warriors from far distant lands, whom...

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...should indeed have been worried, and as it is I had intended
asking you about how...

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...and slept many times since last you saw me you
naturally measure the lapse of time...

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...interpreter. I answered them all truthfully. They seemed
particularly interested in my account of...

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...looked about for some means
of escape from my bonds. Upon the floor between me...

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...between me and that frightful
chamber of torture.

Presently I reduced my speed to a brisk walk,...

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...avenues are lighted. The lower the tiers
of chambers, the darker. Most of the...

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...rushed in I found myself facing two of the
Mahars. The one who had been...

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...there flash through my mind the thought that countless
generations of my own kind yet unborn...

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...purpose than I had hoped. We managed to keep the
heads erect by passing our...

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...it made the dead head appear to turn inquiring eyes upon the
gorilla-man. For a long...

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...mountain fastness to beat off any number of
Sagoths.

At last, after what seemed months, and may,...

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...powerful arms and carrying him. While
the act cut down Ghak's speed he still could...

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...lesser deviation from the general direction, so that
appeared more like the main canyon than the...

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...tough and this, with the strength
and elasticity of my new string, gave me unwonted confidence...

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...the left a
narrow ledge rounded the shoulder of the overhanging cliff. Along this
I advanced,...

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...past the mouth of the cave,
where I no longer could see those fearful flaming eyes,...

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...turning of the canyons and gullies, for I did not come to
the land of Sari...

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...clothed them to the foot of the red and
yellow and copper green of the towering...

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...the sea, so that to pass around them as I
desired to do it was necessary...

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...protection of the other
sex, which nearly must have equaled the instinct of self-preservation
in primeval man,...

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...tip of the shaft rested upon the thumb of my left hand, and then
as the...

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...I seized her hand, nor did I lift it
above her head and let it fall...

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...I knew that we could then cross over to the edge of my own
little valley,...

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...been seven feet tall, and proportioned
accordingly. He still was too far off to distinguish...

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... Jubal was rushing upon me now with the only
remaining weapon that he carried--a murderous-looking...

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...he sprang for me with his bare hands. But it
was Jubal's day to learn...

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...me. It was quite within the
possibilities of Dian to look down upon me even...

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...as the most civilized woman of my
acquaintance, and finally I found myself gazing in foolish...

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...that I shouldn't overlook it. "You see," she continued, "a
younger brother may not take...

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...see her features, and I was rather
glad, for I disliked to think of the hate...

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...your ways--I
doubt if I do now. It seems incredible that you could have reviled...

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...mate. She would have been queen
in her own land--and it meant just as much...

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...and Dian made me come back to the cave. She said that I mustn't
exercise,...

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...you happen not to have
heard of the Darel Az, or the white cliffs, or the...

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...of astonishment and pleasure, and slipping from
his enormous mount ran forward toward Dian, throwing his...

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...as instructors to every nation of the
federation, and the movement had reached colossal proportions before
the...

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...of the forest at the point where we had first
penetrated to the surface of the...

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...to
engage them with sword and shield. The clumsy spears of the Sagoths
were no match...

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...there were others in the
plot to aid him. Nor can I believe that, since...

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...I tore at the steering wheel in an effort
to turn the prospector back toward Pellucidar;...

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... However, I was able to employ a very trustworthy
man to take charge of the...

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...any member of my former party who could lead me to the
same spot.

For months I...