of doubt swept over me. It was quite within the
possibilities of Dian to look down upon me even were I king. She was
quite the most superior person I ever had met--with the most convincing
way of letting you know that she was superior. Well, I could go to the
cave, and tell her that I had killed Jubal, and then she might feel
more kindly toward me, since I had freed her of her tormentor. I hoped
that she had found the cave easily--it would be terrible had I lost her
again, and I turned to gather up my shield and bow to hurry after her,
when to my astonishment I found her standing not ten paces behind me.
"Girl!" I cried, "what are you doing here? I thought that you had gone
to the cave, as I told you to do."
Up went her head, and the look that she gave me took all the majesty
out of me, and left me feeling more like the palace janitor--if palaces
"As you told me to do!" she cried, stamping her little foot. "I do as
I please. I am the daughter of a king, and furthermore, I hate you."
I was dumbfounded--this was my thanks for saving her from Jubal! I
turned and looked at the corpse. "May be that I saved you from a worse
fate, old man," I said, but I guess it was lost on Dian, for she never
seemed to notice it at all.
"Let us go to my cave," I said, "I am tired and hungry."
She followed along a pace behind me, neither of us speaking. I was too
angry, and she evidently didn't care to converse with the lower orders.
I was mad all the way through, as I had certainly felt that at least a
word of thanks should have rewarded me, for I knew that even by her own
standards, I must have done a very wonderful thing to have killed the
redoubtable Jubal in a hand-to-hand encounter.
We had no difficulty in finding my lair, and then I went down into the
valley and bowled over a small antelope, which I dragged up the steep
ascent to the ledge before the door. Here we ate in silence.
Occasionally I glanced at her, thinking that the sight of her tearing
at raw flesh with her hands and teeth like some wild animal would cause
a revulsion of my sentiments toward her; but to my surprise I found
You would surely have thought that I had been detected in no less a heinous crime than the purloining of the Crown Jewels from the Tower, or putting poison in the coffee of His Majesty the King.Page 2
For a moment we were silent, and then the old man's hand grasped the starting lever.Page 15
Involuntarily I glanced backward to discover the origin of this new and menacing note with the result that I missed my footing and went sprawling once more upon my face in the deep muck.Page 33
They had set us to carrying a great accumulation of Maharan literature from one apartment to another, and there arranging it upon shelves.Page 35
It quite took my breath away; but I found that it left me all the more determined to attempt it.Page 36
"Murder to kill a reptilian monster?" I asked in astonishment.Page 38
Science took vast strides.Page 41
I leaned forward in my seat to scrutinize the female--hoping against hope that she might prove to be another than Dian the Beautiful.Page 46
It was this last habit that gave me the opportunity I craved to capture one of these herbivorous cetaceans--that is what Perry calls them--and make as good a meal as one can on raw, warm-blooded fish; but I had become rather used, by this time, to the eating of food in its natural state, though I.Page 47
The rude shock of awakening to what doubtless might prove some new form of danger was still upon me when I heard a rattling of loose stones from the direction of the bluff, and turning my eyes in that direction I beheld the author of the disturbance, a great copper-colored man, running rapidly toward me.Page 53
In fact three-fourths of the education of the young male Mezop consists in familiarizing himself with these jungle avenues, and the status of an adult is largely determined by the number of trails which he can follow upon his own island.Page 57
The Mahars watched the surface of the water for the reappearance of their queen, and presently at one end of the tank her head rose slowly into view.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 69
"Well, Ja," I laughed, "whether we be walking with our feet up or down, here we are, and the question of greatest importance is not so much where we came from as where we are going now.Page 86
XIII THE SLY ONE The Sagoths were gaining on us rapidly, for once they had sighted us they had greatly increased their speed.Page 90
I soon was past the mouth of the cave, where I no longer could see those fearful flaming eyes, but an instant later I caught sight of the fiendish face of a Sagoth as it warily advanced beyond the cliff's turn on the far side of the cave's mouth.Page 93
The result was that the continuation of my ledge lay twenty feet below me, where it ended as abruptly as did the end upon which I stood.Page 107
I cannot tell you in what direction it stretched even if you would care to know, for all the while that I was within Pellucidar I never discovered any but local methods of indicating direction--there is no north, no south, no east, no west.Page 108
Among the other things which I sent to Innes was over five hundred miles of double, insulated wire of a very fine gauge.