silver orb. Now that he had clambered to the highest point
within his reach, he discovered, to his surprise, that Goro was as far
away as when he viewed him from the ground. He thought that Goro was
attempting to elude him.
"Come, Goro!" he cried, "Tarzan of the Apes will not harm you!" But
still the moon held aloof.
"Tell me," he continued, "if you be the great king who sends Ara, the
lightning; who makes the great noise and the mighty winds, and sends
the waters down upon the jungle people when the days are dark and it is
cold. Tell me, Goro, are you God?"
Of course he did not pronounce God as you or I would pronounce His
name, for Tarzan knew naught of the spoken language of his English
forbears; but he had a name of his own invention for each of the little
bugs which constituted the alphabet. Unlike the apes he was not
satisfied merely to have a mental picture of the things he knew, he
must have a word descriptive of each. In reading he grasped a word in
its entirety; but when he spoke the words he had learned from the books
of his father, he pronounced each according to the names he had given
the various little bugs which occurred in it, usually giving the gender
prefix for each.
Thus it was an imposing word which Tarzan made of GOD. The masculine
prefix of the apes is BU, the feminine MU; g Tarzan had named LA, o he
pronounced TU, and d was MO. So the word God evolved itself into
BULAMUTUMUMO, or, in English, he-g-she-o-she-d.
Similarly he had arrived at a strange and wonderful spelling of his own
name. Tarzan is derived from the two ape words TAR and ZAN, meaning
white skin. It was given him by his foster mother, Kala, the great
she-ape. When Tarzan first put it into the written language of his own
people he had not yet chanced upon either WHITE or SKIN in the
dictionary; but in a primer he had seen the picture of a little white
boy and so he wrote his name BUMUDE-MUTOMURO, or he-boy.
To follow Tarzan's strange system of spelling would be laborious as
well as futile, and so we shall in the future, as we have in the past,
adhere to the more familiar forms of our grammar school copybooks. It
would tire you to remember that DO meant b, TU o, and RO y, and that to
say he-boy you must prefix
And then came a letter that started me for Africa twelve days ahead of my schedule.Page 3
Cable me at once, at my expense, that there was no basis of fact for your story, At the Earth's Core.Page 7
And that it had been driven by a rational being must also have occurred to her.Page 20
But we decided that we must take these chances and so at last we set forth from our hut for the last time, carrying such necessities as we felt we could least afford to do without.Page 22
"A bear," thought I, and thanked the instinct that had impelled me to cling tenaciously to my rifle during the moments.Page 30
CHAPTER IV FRIENDSHIP AND TREACHERY The Sari proved a most erratic craft.Page 35
The sense of direction and location of these primitive Pellucidarians is little short of uncanny, as I have had occasion to remark in the past.Page 52
We know nothing of such things.Page 56
The way was most difficult, since shortly after leaving the river I encountered lofty cliffs split by numerous long, narrow fiords, each of which necessitated a considerable detour.Page 62
In it were four paddles.Page 70
The other eye, sheeplike in its mildness, gave the most startling appearance to the beast, which but for that single timid orb was the most fearsome thing that one could imagine.Page 78
" Thus having guided me to my destination they left me.Page 82
They bound me hand and foot and placed me in a cave until all the warriors should return to witness my death; but while they were away I heard someone calling me in a muffled voice which seemed to come from the wall of the cave.Page 106
It was Dian who enlightened me.Page 107
"Suppose we make sure that they are really Hooja's people," suggested Dian.Page 109
The instant that Hooja saw us he recognized us.Page 118
" Perry agreed with me.Page 120
Striking him lightly on the shoulder I created him king of Anoroc.Page 123
"I thought that you would be pleased with what I had done.Page 127
We lost heavily in the encounter after the Sagoths reached us; but they were absolutely exterminated--not one remained even as a prisoner.