Ĉe la koro de la tero

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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gxi sxokegis lin.

"Estus murdo, David," li kriis.

"Cxu estas murdo mortigi reptilian monstron?" mi konsternite
demandis.

"Cxi tie ili ne estas monstroj, David," li respondis. "Cxi tie ili
estas la dominanta raso--kaj ni estas la 'monstroj'--de pli malalta
specio. En Pelucidaro la evolucio procedis alie ol en la ekstera
mondo. Tie, teruraj konvulsioj de la naturo cxiam denove ekstermis la
ekzistantajn speciojn--se ne tio, iu monstro el la epoko de
dinosauxroj eble regus nian mondon hodiaux. Cxi tie ni vidas, kio
povus esti okazinta en nia propra historio, se la kondicxoj estus
kiel cxi tie.

"La vivo en Pelucidaro estas multe pli juna ol sur la ekstera krusto.
Cxi tie la homoj atingis evolucian sxtupon analogan al la sxtonepoko
en la historio de nia propra mondo, sed dum sennombraj jarmilionoj
cxi tiuj rampuloj progresis. Eble ilia sesa sentumo, kiu sxajnas al
mi nedubebla, donis al ili avantagxon super la aliaj, pli timinde
armitaj bestoj, sed eble ni neniam scios tion. Ili rigardas nin kiel
ni rigardas la bestojn de niaj kampoj, kaj mi lernas el iliaj skribaj
kronikoj, ke aliaj maharaj rasoj mangxas homojn--ili tenas ilin en
grandaj gregoj, gxuste kiel ni tenas brutojn. Ili plej zorge bredas
la homojn, kaj kiam tiuj estas tute grasaj, ili mortigas ilin kaj
mangxas ilin."

Mi skutremis.

"Kial vi trovas gxin tiel terura, David?" demandis la maljunulo. "Ili
komprenas nin ne pli bone ol ni komprenas la pli malaltajn bestojn de
nia propra mondo. Mi trovis cxi tie tre erudiciajn diskutojn pri la
demando, cxu _gilakoj_, kiel ili nomas la homojn, havas ian rimedon
de komunikado. Unu verkanto asertas, ke ni ecx ne kapablas rezoni,
kaj ke cxiu nia ago estas mehxanisma aux instinkta. La reganta
raso de Pelucidaro, David, ankoraux ne lernis, ke la homoj
interkomunikigxas kaj rezonas. Cxar ni ne komunikigxas kiel ili, ili
ne kapablas kompreni, ke ni entute iel interkomprenigxas. Ni pri la
bestoj de nia propra mondo ne alie rezonas. Ili scias, ke la sagotoj
havas parolan lingvon, sed ili komprenas nek gxin nek kiel gxi
manifestigxas, cxar ili ne havas organojn de auxdado. Ili kredas, ke
la movigxo de la lipoj sola transportas la signifon. Ke la sagotoj
povas komunikigxi kun ni, tion ili ecx ne povas koncepti.

"Jes, David," li konkludis, "plenumi vian planon signifus murdi."

"Nu bone, se necesas, Perry," mi respondis, "mi farigxos murdisto."

Li igis min klarigi la planon denove kaj tre detale, kaj pro iu
kauxzo, kiu tiam ne estis klara al mi, li postulis tre precizan
priskribon de la apartamentoj kaj koridoroj, kiujn mi jxus esploris.

"Konsiderante, ke vi nepre intencas efektivigi vian frenezan planon,
David", li diris finfine, "mi demandas al mi, cxu

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