Ĉe la koro de la tero

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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konstato, ke la
malbelaj maharoj tiom superas ilin. Mi primeditis, kiom da epokoj
Perry kaj mi bezonus por levi tiujn homojn el sia nescio, se trafus
nin tiu tasko.

Kaj tiam venis en mian kapon, ke tio estas favora okazo--ke mi povus
fari malgrandan komencon cxe Jxa, mia amiko, kaj per tio kontroli la
efikon de mia instruado al pelucidarano.

"Jxa," mi diris, "kion vi dirus, se mi informus vin, ke la mahara
teorio pri la formo de la mondo estas gxusta?"

"Mi dirus," li respondis, "ke vi aux estas stultulo aux prenas min
por stultulo."

"Sed Jxa," mi insistis, "se ilia teorio estas malgxusta, kiel vi
klarigas, ke mi povis trapasi la Teron de la ekstera krusto al
Pelucidaro. Se via teorio gxustas, ekzistas nur maro de flamoj sub
ni, en kiu neniu popolo povus vivi, sed mi venas el granda mondo tie,
plena da homoj, bestoj, birdoj kaj fisxoj en vastaj oceanoj."

"Vi logxas sur la suba flanko de Pelucidaro kaj cxiam marsxas kun la
kapo malsupre?", li rikanis. "Kaj se mi kredus tion, amiko, mi estus
vere freneza."

Mi klopodis klarigi al li la graviton, kaj per la ekzemplo de
faligita frukto mi ilustris la neeblecon, ke korpo falu de sur la
Tero en kiuj ajn cirkonstancoj. Li auxskultis tiel atenteme, ke mi
supozis fari veran impreson, tiel, ke naskigxas en li pensfadeno,
laux kiu li kondukigxos al parta ekkono de la vero. Sed mi eraris.

"Via propra ilustrajxo," li diris finfine, "pruvas la falsecon de via
teorio." El sia mano li faligis frukton al la tero. "Vidu," li diris,
"sen apogo, ecx tiu frukteto falas, gxis gxi trafas ion, kio haltigas
gxin. Se Pelucidaro ne estus subtenata sur la maro de flamoj, ankaux
gxi falus, kiel la frukto--vi pruvis gxin mem!" Li venkis tiufoje--mi
vidis tion en liaj okuloj.

La tasko sxajnis nefarebla, do mi rezignis pri gxi, almenaux
provizore, cxar kiam mi konsideris la necesan klarigon pri nia
sunsistemo kaj la universo, mi ekkomprenis la vanecon provi bildigi
al Jxa aux iu ajn alia pelucidarano la sunon, la lunon, la planedojn
kaj la sennombrajn stelojn. Kiuj naskigxis en la interna mondo,
konceptus tiajn aferojn tiel malbone, kiel niaj malfortaj mensoj
povas prezenti al si konceptojn kiel "spaco" kaj "eterneco".

"Nu, Jxa," mi diris, "egale, cxu ni marsxas kun la piedoj supre aux
malsupre, jen ni estas, kaj la plej grava demando ne estas, de kie ni
venis, sed kien ni iras nun. Mi estus tre dankema, se vi povus gvidi
min al Futra, kie mi redonos min en la manojn de la maharoj, por
ellabori kun miaj amikoj la fugxplanon, kiun la sagotoj interrompis,
kiam ili amasigis

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