Ĉe la koro de la tero

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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kiu ne kuris sagotoj, kaj fine mi trovis
tian--malaltan kaj stretan aperturon, kiu kondukis en obskuran
koridoron.

Sen primediti la eblajn konsekvencojn, mi pafis min en la ombrojn de
la tunelo, palpsercxante mian vojon en la senlumeco tra kelka
distanco. La rumorado de la amfiteatro pli kaj pli dampigxis, gxis
post iom da tempo regis silento kiel en tombo. Iom da malintensa lumo
filtrigxis tra ventumaj kaj lumigaj tuboj lokitaj je regulaj
intervaloj, sed gxi apenaux suficxis por doni al miaj homaj okuloj
iom da vidkapablo en la mallumo, do mi devis movigxi tre singarde,
palpsercxante mian vojon unu pasxon post la alia, tusxante per unu
mano la muron je mia flanko.

Iom poste, la lumo fortigxis, kaj je mia gxojo mi trovis post momento
suprenirantan sxtuparon, cxe kies supro la helega lumo de la tagmeza
suno brilis tra aperturo cxe la tersurfaco.

Singarde mi grimpis la sxtupojn supren al la fino de la tunelo, kaj
tie mi skoltis, vidante la vastan ebenajxon de Futra antaux mi. La
multnombraj altaj turoj el granito, kiuj markis la diversajn
enirejojn de la subtera urbo, situis cxiuj antaux mi--dorse de mi la
ebenajxo etendigxis plata kaj sentrajta gxis la proksimaj
antauxmontetoj. Mi do atingis la tersuprajxon cxe la rando de la
urbo, kaj miaj fugxperspektivoj sxajnis multe pli helaj.

Unue mi havis la impulson atendi la noktigxon, antaux ol provi
transiri la ebenajxon--tiel profunde radikitaj estas la
penskutimoj--sed subite mi rememoris la eterne tagmezan ardon, al kiu
la tuta Pelucidaro estas elmetita, kaj kun rideto mi faris unuan
pasxon antauxen en la taglumon.

Gxistalie altkreska herbo kovras la ebenajxon de Futra--la splende
floranta herbo de la interna mondo, cxe kiu cxiun herberan pinton
ornamas eta, kvinpetala floreto--brilaj diverskoloraj steletoj, kiuj
glimis inter la verdaj folioj, donacante al tiu stranga, sed bela
pejzagxo siaspecan cxarmon.

Sed la sola vidajxo, kiu allogis min en tiu momento, estis la foraj
montetoj, al kiuj mi volis fugxi, do mi rapidis antauxen, tretante en
mia hasto la miriadajn belajxojn subpiede. Perry diras, ke la
gravitoforto malpli grandas sur la suprajxo de la interna mondo ol
sur la ekstera. Li klarigis al mi unufoje la tuton, sed mi neniam tre
brile komprenis tiajxojn, do mi forgesis la plejmulton. Laux mia
memoro, la diferencon kauxzas iugrade la kontrauxaltiro de tiu parto
de la terkrusto, kiu situas tuj super la loko sur Pelucidaro, pri kiu
temas. Nu, cxu klarigite cxu ne klarigite, cxiam sxajnis al mi, ke en
Pelucidaro mi movigxas pli rapide kaj pli lertmove ol sur la ekstera
surfaco--oni pasxis tie kun ia aereca legxero, kiu estis tre agrabla,
kaj oni sentis ian malligitecon de sia korpo kompareblan nur kun tio,
kion oni

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