by night from their familiar daylight aspects,
so sounds altered with the passage of Kudu and the coming of Goro, and
these thoughts roused within his brain a vague conjecture that perhaps
Goro and Kudu influenced these changes. And what more natural that
eventually he came to attribute to the sun and the moon personalities
as real as his own? The sun was a living creature and ruled the day.
The moon, endowed with brains and miraculous powers, ruled the night.
Thus functioned the untrained man-mind groping through the dark night
of ignorance for an explanation of the things he could not touch or
smell or hear and of the great, unknown powers of nature which he could
As Tarzan swung north again upon his wide circle the scent of the
Gomangani came to his nostrils, mixed with the acrid odor of wood
smoke. The ape-man moved quickly in the direction from which the scent
was borne down to him upon the gentle night wind. Presently the ruddy
sheen of a great fire filtered through the foliage to him ahead, and
when Tarzan came to a halt in the trees near it, he saw a party of half
a dozen black warriors huddled close to the blaze. It was evidently a
hunting party from the village of Mbonga, the chief, caught out in the
jungle after dark. In a rude circle about them they had constructed a
thorn boma which, with the aid of the fire, they apparently hoped would
discourage the advances of the larger carnivora.
That hope was not conviction was evidenced by the very palpable terror
in which they crouched, wide-eyed and trembling, for already Numa and
Sabor were moaning through the jungle toward them. There were other
creatures, too, in the shadows beyond the firelight. Tarzan could see
their yellow eyes flaming there. The blacks saw them and shivered.
Then one arose and grasping a burning branch from the fire hurled it at
the eyes, which immediately disappeared. The black sat down again.
Tarzan watched and saw that it was several minutes before the eyes
began to reappear in twos and fours.
Then came Numa, the lion, and Sabor, his mate. The other eyes
scattered to right and left before the menacing growls of the great
cats, and then the huge orbs of the man-eaters flamed alone out of the
darkness. Some of the blacks threw themselves upon their faces and
moaned; but he who before had hurled the burning branch now hurled
another straight at the faces of
Had you seen, as I did, the fire of truth in those gray eyes; had you felt the ring of sincerity in that quiet voice; had you realized the pathos of it all--you, too, would believe.Page 7
Our hopes had received such a deathblow that the gradually increasing heat seemed to our distorted imaginations much greater than it really was.Page 8
For an hour I battled against the cruelly enveloping death that surrounded me upon all sides.Page 15
Their arms were rather longer and their legs shorter in proportion to the torso than in man, and later I noticed that their great toes protruded at right angles from their feet--because of their arboreal habits, I presume.Page 24
The tropical verdure of the lowlands was replaced by hardier vegetation, but even here the effects of constant heat and light were apparent in the immensity of the trees and the profusion of foliage and blooms.Page 26
The Mahars were the heads--the brains--of the inner world.Page 45
My first impulse was to await darkness before attempting to cross the plain, so deeply implanted are habits of thought; but of a sudden I recollected the perpetual noonday brilliance which envelopes Pellucidar, and with a smile I stepped forth into the day-light.Page 47
There was that in.Page 53
Ja conducted me to a large house in the center of the village--the house with eight rooms--and taking me up into it gave me food and drink.Page 72
" The Mahar looked at me in silence for some time after I ceased speaking and the Sagoth had translated my words to his master.Page 74
Had you.Page 82
XII PURSUIT For an instant I stood there thinking of her, and then, with a sigh, I tucked the book in the thong that supported my loin cloth, and turned to leave the apartment.Page 86
A backward glance gave me a glimpse of the first of the Sagoths at the far end of a considerable stretch of canyon through which we had just passed, and then a sudden turning shut the ugly creature from my view; but the loud howl of triumphant rage which rose behind us was evidence that the gorilla-man had sighted us.Page 87
During our flight from Phutra I had restrung my bow with a piece of heavy gut taken from a huge tiger which Ghak and I had worried and finally dispatched with arrows, spear, and sword.Page 88
Close behind him were two more--fifty yards perhaps--but the distance gave me time to snatch up the dead guardsman's shield, for the close call his hatchet had just given me had borne in upon me the urgent need I had for one.Page 91
The way to it was such that I knew no extremely formidable beast could frequent it, nor was it large enough to make a comfortable habitat for any but the smaller mammals or reptiles.Page 98
I had hoped that Dian would have a kind word to say to me before she went, for she must have known that I was going to my death for her sake; but she never even so much as bid me good-bye, and it was with a heavy heart that I strode through the flower-bespangled grass to my doom.Page 99
missile and I was unscathed.Page 105
I couldn't come to you and demand that my love be returned, as you have just come to me.Page 116
A year later found me at the end of the railroad once more, headed for the spot where I had left Innes.