know, but in my own was merely the
question as to how soon the fellow would recommence hostilities.
Presently he spoke to me, but in a tongue which I was unable to
translate. I shook my head in an effort to indicate my ignorance of
his language, at the same time addressing him in the bastard tongue
that the Sagoths use to converse with the human slaves of the Mahars.
To my delight he understood and answered me in the same jargon.
"What do you want of my spear?" he asked.
"Only to keep you from running it through me," I replied.
"I would not do that," he said, "for you have just saved my life," and
with that he released his hold upon it and squatted down in the bottom
of the skiff.
"Who are you," he continued, "and from what country do you come?"
I too sat down, laying the spear between us, and tried to explain how I
came to Pellucidar, and wherefrom, but it was as impossible for him to
grasp or believe the strange tale I told him as I fear it is for you
upon the outer crust to believe in the existence of the inner world.
To him it seemed quite ridiculous to imagine that there was another
world far beneath his feet peopled by beings similar to himself, and he
laughed uproariously the more he thought upon it. But it was ever
thus. That which has never come within the scope of our really
pitifully meager world-experience cannot be--our finite minds cannot
grasp that which may not exist in accordance with the conditions which
obtain about us upon the outside of the insignificant grain of dust
which wends its tiny way among the bowlders of the universe--the speck
of moist dirt we so proudly call the World.
So I gave it up and asked him about himself. He said he was a Mezop,
and that his name was Ja.
"Who are the Mezops?" I asked. "Where do they live?"
He looked at me in surprise.
"I might indeed believe that you were from another world," he said,
"for who of Pellucidar could be so ignorant! The Mezops live upon the
islands of the seas. 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. I do not know. At any
rate in this sea and those near by it is true that only people of my
Time and again he had wondered if he had acted wisely in renouncing his birthright to a man to whom he owed nothing.Page 13
I angered this person, and he lost control of himself, that is all.Page 14
" "Ah, monsieur," she answered, "I hope that you will not suffer for the kind deed you attempted.Page 16
Have I not told you a dozen times that I have enough for twenty men, and that half of what I have is yours? And if I gave it all to you, would it represent even the tenth part of the value I place upon your friendship,.Page 23
It galled them to think that it would be necessary to report that a single unarmed man had wiped the floor with the whole lot of them, and then escaped them as easily as though they had not existed.Page 35
Paulvitch hastened back to his quarters, where Rokoff awaited him.Page 44
He knew that he was about to die, but there was no fear of death in him.Page 54
Finally Tarzan succeeded in seizing one of the most persistent of his attackers.Page 55
Before they discover that you are no longer in the court of the buildings.Page 64
Both of the dining-rooms open directly off the bar, and one of them is reserved for the use of the officers of the garrison.Page 86
I came near doing it tonight.Page 88
It was as though a dead man looked upon a ghost.Page 90
He climbed softly to his place, and fitted an arrow to his bow.Page 148
Once more the Russian drew forth a harmless coin.Page 160
At her signal the priests rushed upon the ape-man, and, lifting him bodily, laid him upon his back across the altar, his head hanging over one edge, his legs over the opposite.Page 163
He felt quite sure that the sacrifice would go on from the point where it had been interrupted if the high priestess had her way, though he was equally positive that they would find Tarzan of the Apes unbound and with a long dagger in his hand a much less tractable victim than Tarzan disarmed and bound.Page 188
For several days the she-apes with young remained suspicious of him, and when he ventured too near rushed upon him with wide mouths and hideous roars.Page 197
At the well he heard again the monotonous voice of the high priestess, and, as he glanced aloft, the opening, twenty feet above, seemed so near that he was tempted to leap for it in a mad endeavor to reach the inner courtyard that lay so near.Page 204
That night Tarzan built a snug little bower high among the swaying branches of a giant tree, and there the tired girl slept, while in a crotch beneath her the ape-man curled, ready, even in sleep, to protect her.