coming of Tantor.
Even Tarzan but half believed that he would come. He knew Tantor even
better than Tantor knew himself. He knew the timid heart which lay in
the giant body. He knew the panic of terror which the scent of the
Gomangani inspired within that savage breast, and as night drew on,
hope died within his heart and in the stoic calm of the wild beast
which he was, he resigned himself to meet the fate which awaited him.
All afternoon he had been working, working, working with the bonds that
held his wrists. Very slowly they were giving. He might free his
hands before they came to lead him out to be butchered, and if he
did--Tarzan licked his lips in anticipation, and smiled a cold, grim
smile. He could imagine the feel of soft flesh beneath his fingers and
the sinking of his white teeth into the throats of his foemen. He
would let them taste his wrath before they overpowered him!
At last they came--painted, befeathered warriors--even more hideous
than nature had intended them. They came and pushed him into the open,
where his appearance was greeted by wild shouts from the assembled
To the stake they led him, and as they pushed him roughly against it
preparatory to binding him there securely for the dance of death that
would presently encircle him, Tarzan tensed his mighty thews and with a
single, powerful wrench parted the loosened thongs which had secured
his hands. Like thought, for quickness, he leaped forward among the
warriors nearest him. A blow sent one to earth, as, growling and
snarling, the beast-man leaped upon the breast of another. His fangs
were buried instantly in the jugular of his adversary and then a half
hundred black men had leaped upon him and borne him to earth.
Striking, clawing, and snapping, the ape-man fought--fought as his
foster people had taught him to fight--fought like a wild beast
cornered. His strength, his agility, his courage, and his intelligence
rendered him easily a match for half a dozen black men in a
hand-to-hand struggle, but not even Tarzan of the Apes could hope to
successfully cope with half a hundred.
Slowly they were overpowering him, though a score of them bled from
ugly wounds, and two lay very still beneath the trampling feet, and the
rolling bodies of the contestants.
Overpower him they might, but could they keep him overpowered while
they bound him? A half hour of desperate endeavor convinced them that
they could not, and so Mbonga,
And so it was with the utmost confidence that I laid hold of the huge iron rim; but though I threw every ounce of my strength into it, my best effort was as unavailing as Perry's had been--the thing would not budge--the grim, insensate, horrible thing that was holding us upon the straight road to death! At length I gave up the useless struggle, and without a word returned to my seat.Page 5
The mercury was rising with less rapidity.Page 8
At four hundred and twenty miles I took another reading.Page 35
"Diminutive world!" he scoffed.Page 48
His hand was reaching upward for the stern when I saw a sleek, sinuous body shoot from the depths below.Page 49
With a wrench I tore it loose, and standing upright in the wobbly log drove it with all the strength of my two arms straight into the gaping jaws of the hydrophidian.Page 51
Now they give us certain things which we are unable to produce in return for the fish that we catch, and the Mezops and the Mahars live in peace.Page 54
We had eaten and rested, and I had slept, much to Ja's amusement, for it seemed that he seldom if ever did so, and then the red man proposed that I accompany him to the temple of the Mahars which lay not far from his village.Page 57
The next time they appeared the other arm was gone, and then the breasts, and then a part of the face--it was awful.Page 67
"How large is Pellucidar?" I asked, wondering what sort of theory these primitive men had concerning the form and substance of their world.Page 76
" Tears came to Perry's eyes.Page 82
The fellow is a fox.Page 84
How we barely escaped the cruel fangs of lions and tigers the size of which would dwarf into pitiful insignificance the greatest felines of the outer world.Page 85
Perry realized that he was jeopardizing Ghak's life and mine and the old fellow fairly begged us to go on without him, although I knew that he was suffering a perfect anguish of terror at the thought of falling into the hands of the Sagoths.Page 87
The canyon had become a rocky slit, rising roughly at a steep angle toward what seemed a pass between two abutting peaks.Page 93
As I climbed carefully up the ascent my attention suddenly was attracted aloft by the sound of strange hissing, and what resembled the flapping of wings.Page 94
At the same instant the dragon darted in toward the girl, but my sudden advent upon the scene must have startled him for he veered to one side, and then rose above us once more.Page 107
and Dian made me come back to the cave.Page 111
The Sagoths advanced steadily with menacing spears, and I let them come until they were within easy bowshot before I gave the word to fire.Page 113
I closed and barred the outer and inner doors, took my seat again at the driving mechanism, and pulled the starting lever.