Ĉe la koro de la tero

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 8

malvarmon, gxis proksimume 245
mejloj sub la tersuprajxo, kiam ni eniris tavolon de solida glacio,
kie la hidrargo rapide altigxis gxis nulo. Dum la postaj tri horoj ni
trapasis 10 mejlojn da glacio, finfine enirante alian serion de
amoniakozaj tavoloj, kie la hidrargo denove falis al -10 gradoj.

Malrapide gxi altigxis denove, gxis ni konvinkigxis, ke ni fine
proksimigxas al la fandita terinterno. Je 400 mejloj la temperaturo
atingis 153 gradojn. Febre mi rigardadis la termometron. Malrapide la
hidrargo altigxis. Perry jam cxesis kanti kaj nun pregxis.

Niaj esperoj jam ricevis tian mortfrapon, ke la malrapide pliigxanta
varmeco sxajnis al niaj skuitaj mensoj multe pli granda ol gxi vere
estis. Dum la posta horo mi atentis la supreniron de tiu senkompata
kolono de hidrargo, gxis je 410 mejloj gxi montris 153 gradojn. En
preskaux senspira strecxeco ni nun komencis rigardadi la ciferojn.

153 gradoj estis la maksimuma temperaturo renkontita super la glacia
tavolo. Cxu nun gxi denove haltos, aux cxu dauxros la senkompata
altigxo? Ni sciis, ke estas nenia espero; tamen, plenaj de energia
vivpersisto, ni malcedeme esperadis, kvankam ni sciis, ke nia espero
estas vana. La aer-rezervujoj jam estis preskaux malplenaj. Kio
restis el la karega oksigeno, apenaux suficxis por vivteni nin dum 12
horoj. Sed cxu tiam ni ecx vivos? Cxio sxajnis al mi nekredebla.

Je 420 mejloj mi denove faris kontrolon.

"Perry!" mi vokis. "Perry! Gxi falas! Gxi falas! Estas 152 gradoj
denove!"

"Ahx!" li kriis. "Kion gxi povus signifi? Cxu eble la kerno de la
Tero estas malvarma?"

"Mi ne scias, Perry," mi respondis, "sed dank' al Dio, se mi devas
morti, mi ne mortos per fajro--nur tion mi timis. Mi povas fronti
kian ajn morton, nur ne tian."

Malsupren, malsupren falis la hidrargo, gxis gxi indikis la saman
temperaturon kiel sep mejlojn sub la tersuprajxo, kaj tiam ni subite
eksciis, ke la morto estas tre proksima. Perry eltrovis tion la unua.
Mi vidis lin manipulanta la valvojn, kiuj regis la aerprovizon.
Samtempe mi spertis malfacilan spiradon. Mi sentis kapturnigxon, kaj
miaj membroj igxis pezaj. Mi vidis Perry kolapsi en sia segxo. Li
skuis sin kaj denove rektigxis. Tiam li turnigxis al mi.

"Adiaux, David," li diris, "jam venis la fino," kaj tiam li ridetis
kaj fermis la okulojn.

"Adiaux, Perry, kaj bonsxancon!" mi respondis, ridetante al li. Sed
mi luktis kontraux tiu terura dormemo. Mi estis tre juna--mi ne volis
morti.

Unu horon mi batalis kontraux la kruele proksimigxanta morto, kiu
atakis min de cxiu flanko. Komence mi trovis, ke grimpinte en la
trabaron super mi, mi povis trovi pli grandan kvanton da oksigeno,
kaj dum iom da tempo tio vivtenis min. Versxajne unu horon post la
senkonsciigxo de Perry

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with Out of Time's Abyss

Page 14
Who would be the next? As was their custom, they took turns at guard, each man doing two hours and then arousing the next.
Page 17
They told of the disappearance of Miss La Rue in the night of September 11th, and of the departure of Bowen Tyler in search of her, accompanied only by his Airedale, Nobs.
Page 18
When danger threatened, he was prepared; but he was not forever courting disaster, and so it was that when about one o'clock in the morning of the fifteenth, he heard the dismal flapping of giant wings overhead, he was neither surprised nor frightened but idly prepared for an attack he had known might reasonably be expected.
Page 19
From his position Bradley could not see the wings of his captor, nor in the darkness had he been able to examine those of the second creature closely when it circled before him.
Page 21
At one end of the room a stout pole about two inches in diameter ran horizontally from wall to wall some six or seven feet from the floor, its ends securely set in two of the columns.
Page 23
No, he could not escape--that seemed evident.
Page 24
city and if there were other cities like this upon the island.
Page 26
Could it be that such grotesque beings represented the high culture of the human race within the boundaries of Caspak? Had natural selection produced during the countless ages of Caspakian life a winged monstrosity that represented the earthly pinnacle of man's evolution? Bradley had noted something of the obvious indications of a gradual evolution from ape to spearman as exemplified by the several overlapping races of Alalus, club-men and hatchet-men that formed the connecting links between the two extremes with which he, had come in contact.
Page 34
The streets and alleys were short and crooked and there were many areas where buildings had been wedged in so closely that no light could possibly reach the lowest tiers, the entire surface of the ground being packed solidly with them.
Page 45
Above him was an arched roof and on either hand walls pierced at intervals by apertures covered with wooden doors.
Page 51
"Here I am," he said; "but the thing now is to get out of here--both of us.
Page 54
"Tell Him Who Speaks for Luata," he said, "that Fosh-bal-soj we could not find; but that in returning we found this creature within the temple, hiding.
Page 57
" "Then I alone should have died," she replied.
Page 59
" And so saying he approached one of the doors that opened onto the skull-paved shelf.
Page 67
We have food and good water and peace and each other.
Page 71
"Throw aside your weapons," Bradley commanded.
Page 74
Bradley felt his blood boil at sight of the cowardly indignities being heaped upon his men, and in the brief span of time occupied by the column to come abreast of where he lay hidden he made his plans, foolhardy though he knew them.
Page 80
Tell me that you will, Co-Tan.
Page 84
the following changes to the text: PAGE LINE ORIGINAL CHANGED TO 10 12 of or 14 19 of animals life of animals 31 26 is arms his arms 37 14 above this above his 37 23 Bradley, Bradley 54 18 man man 57 14 and of Oo-oh of Oo-oh 62 18 spend spent 63 31 and mumbled the mumbled 64 9 things thing 80 30 east cast 104 16 proaching proached 106 30 cos-at-lu cos-ata-lu 126 17 not artistic not an artistic 126 25 close below hands close below 130 1 internals intervals 132 9 than .
Page 85
that 132 10 splashes splashed 134 3 know know not know].