see her features, and I was rather
glad, for I disliked to think of the hate that I should have read there.
I never said a word to her at first. I just strode across the cave and
grasped her by the wrists, and when she struggled, I put my arm around
her so as to pinion her hands to her sides. She fought like a tigress,
but I took my free hand and pushed her head back--I imagine that I had
suddenly turned brute, that I had gone back a thousand million years,
and was again a veritable cave man taking my mate by force--and then I
kissed that beautiful mouth again and again.
"Dian," I cried, shaking her roughly, "I love you. Can't you
understand that I love you? That I love you better than all else in
this world or my own? That I am going to have you? That love like
mine cannot be denied?"
I noticed that she lay very still in my arms now, and as my eyes became
accustomed to the light I saw that she was smiling--a very contented,
happy smile. I was thunderstruck. Then I realized that, very gently,
she was trying to disengage her arms, and I loosened my grip upon them
so that she could do so. Slowly they came up and stole about my neck,
and then she drew my lips down to hers once more and held them there
for a long time. At last she spoke.
"Why didn't you do this at first, David? I have been waiting so long."
"What!" I cried. "You said that you hated me!"
"Did you expect me to run into your arms, and say that I loved you
before I knew that you loved me?" she asked.
"But I have told you right along that I love you," I said. "Love
speaks in acts," she replied. "You could have made your mouth say what
you wished it to say, but just now when you came and took me in your
arms your heart spoke to mine in the language that a woman's heart
understands. What a silly man you are, David."
"Then you haven't hated me at all, Dian?" I asked.
"I have loved you always," she whispered, "from the first moment that I
saw you, although I did not know it until that time you struck down
Hooja the Sly One, and then spurned me."
"But I didn't spurn you, dear," I cried. "I didn't know
"Ten degrees rise--it cannot be possible!" and then I saw him tug frantically upon the steering wheel.Page 11
However I am willing to concede that we actually may be in another world from that which we have always known.Page 13
The accompanying roar was all but drowned in Perry's scream of fright, and he came near tumbling headlong into the gaping jaws beneath him, so precipitate was his impetuous haste to vacate the dangerous limb.Page 16
Never have I experienced such a journey before or since--even now I oftentimes awake from a deep sleep haunted by the.Page 25
It was the head of a mighty tandor.Page 31
"But there are no more dark places on the way to Phutra, and once there it is not so easy--the Mahars are very wise.Page 44
Forgetful of us, our guards joined in the general rush for the exits, many of which pierced the wall of the amphitheater behind us.Page 45
Cautiously I crept up the stairway to the tunnel's end, and peering out saw the broad plain of Phutra before me.Page 50
In so far as I ever have heard no Mezop lives elsewhere, and no others than Mezops dwell upon islands, but of course it may be different in other far-distant lands.Page 53
The houses varied in size from two to several rooms.Page 64
And with these thoughts came a realization of how unimportant to the life and happiness of the world is the existence of any one of us.Page 65
"The danger is still yours," he called, "for unless you move much more rapidly than you are now, the sithic will be upon you and drag you back before ever you are halfway up the spear--he can rear up and reach you with ease anywhere below where I stand.Page 69
If Pellucidar were not supported upon the flaming sea it too would fall as the fruit falls--you have proven it yourself!" He had me, that time--you could see it in his eye.Page 91
The way to it was such that I knew no extremely formidable beast could frequent it, nor was it large enough to make a comfortable habitat for any but the smaller mammals or reptiles.Page 94
All that I could do was to snatch up a rock, and hurl it at the thing's hideous face.Page 99
My agility saved me for the instant.Page 103
" I looked at her in utter amazement.Page 104
Slowly they came up and stole about my neck, and then she drew my lips down to hers once more and held them there for a long time.Page 107
As it was I must have been laid up for quite a while, though Dian's poultices of herbs and leaves finally reduced the swelling and drew out the poison.Page 112
The Mahars did little real fighting, and were more in the way than otherwise, though occasionally one of them would fasten its powerful jaw upon the arm or leg of a Sarian.