At the Earth's Core

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...At the Earth's Core


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs




CONTENTS

PROLOGUE
...

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

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

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

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

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

I did know it; but here we...

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

For some moments the old man did not...

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

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...the
forest giants had evidently attracted him to them. A dozen times he
scrambled up the...

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

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...an instant's advantage, for climbing upon it I
leaped to another a few paces farther on,...

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

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...horrid remembrance of that awful experience.

From tree to tree the agile creatures sprang like flying...

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...distended udders explained the reasons for their presence.

My guard halted before one of the huts...

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

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

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...quite
possible."

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

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...as they entered the natural arena within the rocky
hills. Their laughter ceased. Grim...

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...the hyaenodon, which had
now regained its senses and its feet, fled howling with fright. ...

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...one shoulder. Their feet were shod with skin
sandals. The men wore loin cloths...

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

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

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

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...described the Mahars largely by
comparisons. In this way they were like unto thipdars, in...

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...horrid things. Seal-like creatures
there were with long necks stretching ten and more feet above...

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...himself back quite close to Dian. We were all
standing, and as he edged near...

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...so much to me, the
more I came to miss it; and the more impregnable the...

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...Never in all my
life had I witnessed a more horrible exhibition of bestial rage--I
thanked God...

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

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

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

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

During this period my thoughts were continually...

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

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...compass to guide you?"

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

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...different lines than upon the outer
earth. These terrible convulsions of nature time and time...

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...you are determined to carry
out your wild scheme, if we could not accomplish something of...

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...men out of the darkness of ignorance
into the light of advancement and civilization. At...

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

At the...

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...by a score of huge Sagoths, the largest I ever had seen, and
on either side...

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...raven hair piled high upon her head filled me with
alarm.

Presently a door in one side...

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...for there
is no flesh or fish within Pellucidar that they will not eat with
relish in...

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

The great cat...

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

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

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

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...still balked on the eyes and entrails, much to the
amusement of Ghak, to whom I...

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

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

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...do not know, but in my own was merely the
question as to how soon the...

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...my
race inhabit the islands.

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

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

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... So
labyrinthine are the windings of these trails, so varied the connecting
links and the distances...

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...told her of how I had saved his life, and she was thereafter
most kind and...

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

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

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...shores to mark where the two vanished.

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

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

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

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

But they did not come, and...

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

As it was I must have walked...

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...And Ghak, too;
the great, shaggy man had found a place in the hearts of us...

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

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...creatures whose
fossilized remains are found within the outer crust as far back as the
Triassic formation,...

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...calling to me from
the direction of the bluff at my left. I looked and...

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...realized our intentions
and that he was quite likely to lose all his meal instead of...

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

"I immediately set out in...

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

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...had made an impression, and started the train of
thought that would lead him to a...

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...returning. Never in all my life have I heard of a
prisoner returning to the...

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...hidden city upon the island of Anoroc as a base, and
his savage warriors as escort...

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

I had spoken to the Sagoths...

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...the fellow at my right.

"You are to appear before the learned ones who will question...

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...beasts depart or are killed. Thus it has
happened that several mighty warriors from far...

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...been much
later I should indeed have been worried, and as it is I had intended
asking...

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...so, having eaten and slept many times since last you saw me you
naturally measure the...

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...questions, through a
Sagoth interpreter. I answered them all truthfully. They seemed
particularly interested in...

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...possibility. I looked about for some means
of escape from my bonds. Upon the...

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...distance as possible between me and that frightful
chamber of torture.

Presently I reduced my speed to...

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

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...later as I rushed in I found myself facing two of the
Mahars. The one...

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...human race of
Pellucidar--did there flash through my mind the thought that countless
generations of my own...

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...to
really much better purpose than I had hoped. We managed to keep the
heads erect...

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...my sword so
that it made the dead head appear to turn inquiring eyes upon the
gorilla-man....

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...enough in their mountain fastness to beat off any number of
Sagoths.

At last, after what seemed...

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...Perry in his powerful arms and carrying him. While
the act cut down Ghak's speed...

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...on at a lesser deviation from the general direction, so that
appeared more like the main...

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...bow was extremely tough and this, with the strength
and elasticity of my new string, gave...

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...chasm; but on the left a
narrow ledge rounded the shoulder of the overhanging cliff. ...

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...I soon was past the mouth of the cave,
where I no longer could see those...

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...by the
twisting and turning of the canyons and gullies, for I did not come to
the...

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...a great forest clothed them to the foot of the red and
yellow and copper green...

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...ran out into the sea, so that to pass around them as I
desired to do...

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...and the instinct for protection of the other
sex, which nearly must have equaled the instinct...

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...the bow until the
very tip of the shaft rested upon the thumb of my left...

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...you are mine," and I seized her hand, nor did I lift it
above her head...

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...top of the
cliff, for I knew that we could then cross over to the edge...

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... He must have been seven feet tall, and proportioned
accordingly. He still was too...

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...missile
and I was unscathed. Jubal was rushing upon me now with the only
remaining weapon...

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...as to
almost unnerve me--then he sprang for me with his bare hands. But it
was...

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...of doubt swept over me. It was quite within the
possibilities of Dian to look...

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...ate quite as daintily as the most civilized woman of my
acquaintance, and finally I found...

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...though to make quite
certain that I shouldn't overlook it. "You see," she continued, "a
younger...

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...cave I could not see her features, and I was rather
glad, for I disliked to...

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... "I didn't know your ways--I
doubt if I do now. It seems incredible that...

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...have been his lawful mate. She would have been queen
in her own land--and it...

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...me on the
ankle, and Dian made me come back to the cave. She said...

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

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...gave a cry of astonishment and pleasure, and slipping from
his enormous mount ran forward toward...

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...young men out as instructors to every nation of the
federation, and the movement had reached...

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

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...the firing line to
engage them with sword and shield. The clumsy spears of the...

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...cannot guess, unless there were others in the
plot to aid him. Nor can I...

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...mercy. Frantically I tore at the steering wheel in an effort
to turn the prospector...

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...America upon
important business. However, I was able to employ a very trustworthy
man to take...

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... south--he thinks it is the party coming to murder me, and he
...