The latter sidled off, quite stiff and haughty, after the manner of a
dog which meets another and is too proud to fight and too fearful to
turn his back and run.
Next came Teeka, prompted by curiosity. At her side skipped little
Gazan. They were filled with wonder like the others; but Teeka did not
bare her fangs. Tarzan saw this and motioned that she approach.
"Tarzan has a balu now," he said. "He and Teeka's balu can play
"It is a Gomangani," replied Teeka. "It will kill my balu. Take it
Tarzan laughed. "It could not harm Pamba, the rat," he said. "It is
but a little balu and very frightened. Let Gazan play with it."
Teeka still was fearful, for with all their mighty ferocity the great
anthropoids are timid; but at last, assured by her great confidence in
Tarzan, she pushed Gazan forward toward the little black boy. The
small ape, guided by instinct, drew back toward its mother, baring its
small fangs and screaming in mingled fear and rage.
Tibo, too, showed no signs of desiring a closer acquaintance with
Gazan, so Tarzan gave up his efforts for the time.
During the week which followed, Tarzan found his time much occupied.
His balu was a greater responsibility than he had counted upon. Not
for a moment did he dare leave it, since of all the tribe, Teeka alone
could have been depended upon to refrain from slaying the hapless black
had it not been for Tarzan's constant watchfulness. When the ape-man
hunted, he must carry Go-bu-balu about with him. It was irksome, and
then the little black seemed so stupid and fearful to Tarzan. It was
quite helpless against even the lesser of the jungle creatures. Tarzan
wondered how it had survived at all. He tried to teach it, and found a
ray of hope in the fact that Go-bu-balu had mastered a few words of the
language of the anthropoids, and that he could now cling to a
high-tossed branch without screaming in fear; but there was something
about the child which worried Tarzan. He often had watched the blacks
within their village. He had seen the children playing, and always
there had been much laughter; but little Go-bu-balu never laughed. It
was true that Tarzan himself never laughed. Upon occasion he smiled,
grimly, but to laughter he was a stranger. The black, however, should
have laughed, reasoned the ape-man. It was the way of
But when I spoke I hid the fear which haunted me.Page 7
What I hoped for I could not have explained, nor did I try.Page 13
the forest giants had evidently attracted him to them.Page 17
Still neither could I reconcile the things which I had seen to a belief that I was still in the world of my birth.Page 35
"We know that the crust of the globe is 500 miles in thickness; then the inside diameter of Pellucidar must be 7,000 miles, and the superficial area 165,480,000 square miles.Page 41
It filed out in the center of the arena where the creatures upon the rocks might see it, and there it performed for fifteen or twenty minutes.Page 49
I was entirely within the power of the savage man whose skiff I had stolen.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 56
The Mahar sank now till only the long upper bill and eyes were exposed above the surface of the water, and the girl had advanced until the end of that repulsive beak was but an inch or two from her face, her horror-filled eyes riveted upon those of the reptile.Page 58
They would not think of eating the meat of a thag, which we consider such a delicacy, any more than I would think of eating a snake.Page 65
calling to me from the direction of the bluff at my left.Page 68
Possibly we would be killed for our pains as were those men of the outer world who dared challenge the dense ignorance and superstitions of the earth's younger days.Page 71
This was a new one on them, and so being stupid brutes they took me to their masters whom they felt would be better fitted to solve.Page 73
"And what will they do with me there?" I persisted.Page 79
However it seemed likely that it would carry me once more safely through the crowded passages and chambers of the upper levels, and so I set out with Perry and Ghak--the stench of the illy cured pelts fairly choking me.Page 87
Running has never been my particular athletic forte, and now when my very life depended upon fleetness of foot I cannot say that I ran any better than on the occasions when my pitiful base running had called down upon my head the rooter's raucous and reproachful cries of "Ice Wagon," and "Call a cab.Page 90
Nor did the mighty beast even pause in his steady advance along the ledge.Page 98
"I can engage him until you get a good start.Page 99
He was covered with blood by this time, and the internal hemorrhage induced paroxysms of coughing that brought the red stream through the hideous mouth and nose, covering his face and breast with bloody froth.Page 103
She might hate me, and revile me, and heap indignity after indignity upon me, as she already had, until I should have hated her; but the pitiful fact remained that I loved her, and I couldn't leave her there alone.