Ĉe la koro de la tero

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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turnigxon de niaj segxoj? Ek de tiam la borilo estis super ni
anstataux sub ni. Ni ne rimarkis gxin tiam, sed nun mi gxin memoras."

"Cxu vi diras, ke ni turnigxis en la glacia tavolo, David? Ne eblas.
La borveturilo ne povas turnigxi, se io ne devojigas la nazon. Se io
devojigus la nazon--iu ekstera forto aux rezisto--la stirilo movigxus
reage. La stirilo tute ne movigxis ek de nia starto, David. Vi scias
tion."

Mi ja sciis tion; sed jen la borilo hurlante turnigxadis en la aero,
kaj ampleksaj kvantoj da aero versxigxis en la kajuton.

"Ne eblas, ke ni turnigxis en la glacia tavolo, Perry, tion ni ambaux
scias," mi respondis; "sed restas la fakto, ke ni faris gxin, cxar
jen ni estas, denove sur la suprajxo de la Tero, kaj nun mi eliros
por eltrovi gxuste kie."

"Prefere atendu gxis la mateno, David--versxajne estas noktomezo
nun."

Mi ekrigardis la kronometron.

"La dekdua horo kaj duono. Sepdek du horojn ni vojagxis, do estus
noktomeze nun. Sed malgraux tio mi intencas rigardi la benitan
cxielon, kiun revidi mi ne plu auxdacis esperi," kaj tion dirinte, mi
levis la riglostangojn de la interna pordo kaj svingis gxin malferme.
La interblendejo entenis grandan kvanton da loza grundo, kiun mi
devis forsxoveli por povi atingi la duan pordon en la ekstera blendo.

Post mallonga tempo mi forigis suficxe da grundo kaj rokajxo al la
planko de la kajuto por malkovri la eksteran pordon. Perry staris tuj
malantaux mi, kiam mi jxetis gxin malferme. Gxia supra duono estis
super la tersuprajxo. Kun surprizita mieno mi turnigxis kaj
alrigardis Perry--hela taglumo estis ekstere!

"Sxajnas, ke iel fusxigxis aux niaj kalkuloj aux la kronometro," mi
diris. Perry kapneis--strange mienis liaj okuloj.

"Ni rigardu tra la pordon, David," li kriis.

Kune ni elpasxis kaj ekstaris, silente rigardante pejzagxon samtempe
groteskan kaj belan. Antaux ni malalta kaj ebena strando etendigxis
al silenta maro. Tiel malproksime kiel ni kapablis vidi, sennombraj
insuletoj punktis la akvosuprajxon--kelkaj el ture altega, nuda,
granita rokajxo--aliaj ornamitaj per splenda garnajxo de tropikaj
plantoj, miriade stelumitaj per la majesta bunteco de brilkoloraj
floroj.

Malantaux ni kreskis tenebra kaj neloga arbaro el gigantaj arbecaj
filikoj intermiksitaj kun plantspecoj pli tipaj je tropika praarbaro.
Grandegaj grimpoplantoj pendis kurbitaj inter la arboj, kaj densaj
subkreskajxoj kovris implikitan amason da falintaj trunkoj kaj
brancxoj. Cxe la rando de la arbaro ni vidis tiun saman splendoran
buntecon de sennombraj floroj, kiuj ornamis la insulojn, sed en la
ombroj cxio sxajnis funebre malluma kaj malgaja.

Kaj sur cxion la tagmeza suno disjxetis tra la sennuba cxielo siajn
varmradiojn.

"Kie sur la Tero ni estas?" mi demandis, turnante min al Perry.

Dum kelkaj sekundoj la maljunulo ne respondis. Li

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