come. If you happen not to have
heard of the Darel Az, or the white cliffs, or the Mountains of the
Clouds you feel that there is something lacking, and long for the good
old understandable northeast and southwest of the outer world.
We had barely entered the great plain when we discovered two enormous
animals approaching us from a great distance. So far were they that we
could not distinguish what manner of beasts they might be, but as they
came closer, I saw that they were enormous quadrupeds, eighty or a
hundred feet long, with tiny heads perched at the top of very long
necks. Their heads must have been quite forty feet from the ground.
The beasts moved very slowly--that is their action was slow--but their
strides covered such a great distance that in reality they traveled
considerably faster than a man walks.
As they drew still nearer we discovered that upon the back of each sat
a human being. Then Dian knew what they were, though she never before
had seen one.
"They are lidis from the land of the Thorians," she cried. "Thoria
lies at the outer verge of the Land of Awful Shadow. The Thorians
alone of all the races of Pellucidar ride the lidi, for nowhere else
than beside the dark country are they found."
"What is the Land of Awful Shadow?" I asked.
"It is the land which lies beneath the Dead World," replied Dian; "the
Dead World which hangs forever between the sun and Pellucidar above the
Land of Awful Shadow. It is the Dead World which makes the great
shadow upon this portion of Pellucidar."
I did not fully understand what she meant, nor am I sure that I do yet,
for I have never been to that part of Pellucidar from which the Dead
World is visible; but Perry says that it is the moon of Pellucidar--a
tiny planet within a planet--and that it revolves around the earth's
axis coincidently with the earth, and thus is always above the same
spot within Pellucidar.
I remember that Perry was very much excited when I told him about this
Dead World, for he seemed to think that it explained the hitherto
inexplicable phenomena of nutation and the precession of the equinoxes.
When the two upon the lidis had come quite close to us we saw that one
was a man and the other a woman. The former had held up his two hands,
palms toward us, in sign of peace, and I had answered him in kind, when
They found themselves in a large, empty chamber, identical in size and shape with that which they had just quitted upon the floor below.Page 42
"You would really like to go home again, Rudolph?" "Oh, very much, your majesty, if I only dared.Page 55
"How am I to know that you will not drag me back to the terrors of that awful castle, and to the poisonous potions of the new physician Peter has employed to assassinate me? I can trust none.Page 57
The unsettled political conditions which overhung the little kingdom of Lutha were evident in the return to medievalism which the raised portcullis and the armed guard upon the barbican of the ancient feudal fortress revealed.Page 61
Even were she not promised to another, the iron shackles of convention and age-old customs must forever separate her from an untitled American.Page 65
None save Peter knew that he was not the king.Page 80
Butzow stepped close to his side, and it was noticeable that the troopers, and even the officers, of the Royal Horse which Barney had led in the charge upon the two batteries in the wood, pressed a little closer to the American.Page 82
What say you, Coblich?" The other stared at Peter of Blentz for several seconds while the atrocity of his chief's plan filtered through his brain.Page 89
He was fully clothed in the coronation robes of Leopold.Page 113
Hold him until we descend.Page 139
The foremost horseman was close upon her as she finally succeeded in urging the animal across the fallen wires.Page 141
He turned and shouted a volley of intentionally unintelligible jargon at the officer, continuing to point ahead of him.Page 150
Now he pressed it.Page 162
He himself was dumbfounded by the likeness which he bore to the king.Page 164
Custer at liberty in Serbia and return me unharmed to my father, I will fulfill my part of our betrothal.Page 166
The officer mumbled an apology, saluted, and turned toward the door.Page 174
"With your majesty's permission I will withdraw," said the Serbian, "and transmit Lutha's proposition to my government; but I may say that your majesty need have no apprehension but that a Serbian army corps will be crossing into Lutha before noon today.Page 176
Discontent was open.Page 179
Von der Tann spurred to his side.Page 208
Barney took the short road to Lustadt.