how delectable! This was indeed a new play of the first magnitude.
Tarzan was entranced. Soon he discovered that by wriggling his body in
just the right way at the proper time he could diminish or accelerate
his oscillation, and, being a boy, he chose, naturally, to accelerate.
Presently he was swinging far and wide, while below him, the apes of
the tribe of Kerchak looked on in mild amaze.
Had it been you or I swinging there at the end of that grass rope, the
thing which presently happened would not have happened, for we could
not have hung on so long as to have made it possible; but Tarzan was
quite as much at home swinging by his hands as he was standing upon his
feet, or, at least, almost. At any rate he felt no fatigue long after
the time that an ordinary mortal would have been numb with the strain
of the physical exertion. And this was his undoing.
Tublat was watching him as were others of the tribe. Of all the
creatures of the wild, there was none Tublat so cordially hated as he
did this hideous, hairless, white-skinned, caricature of an ape. But
for Tarzan's nimbleness, and the zealous watchfulness of savage Kala's
mother love, Tublat would long since have rid himself of this stain
upon his family escutcheon. So long had it been since Tarzan became a
member of the tribe, that Tublat had forgotten the circumstances
surrounding the entrance of the jungle waif into his family, with the
result that he now imagined that Tarzan was his own offspring, adding
greatly to his chagrin.
Wide and far swung Tarzan of the Apes, until at last, as he reached the
highest point of the arc the rope, which rapidly had frayed on the
rough bark of the tree limb, parted suddenly. The watching apes saw
the smooth, brown body shoot outward, and down, plummet-like. Tublat
leaped high in the air, emitting what in a human being would have been
an exclamation of delight. This would be the end of Tarzan and most of
Tublat's troubles. From now on he could lead his life in peace and
Tarzan fell quite forty feet, alighting on his back in a thick bush.
Kala was the first to reach his side--ferocious, hideous, loving Kala.
She had seen the life crushed from her own balu in just such a fall
years before. Was she to lose this one too in the same way? Tarzan was
lying quite still when she found him,
"A white man!" he cried.Page 8
"I guess this is the end," and then he smiled and closed his eyes.Page 13
Grasping the tree's stem with his powerful paws he dragged down with all the great.Page 18
" "Maybe we can borrow a couple," I rejoined.Page 34
Next came shields; but these I found it easier to steal from the walls of the outer guardroom of the building.Page 35
Just as we often compare nations by their relative land areas, so if we compare these two worlds in the same way we have the strange anomaly of a larger world within a smaller one! "Where within vast Pellucidar would you search for your Dian? Without stars, or moon, or changing sun how could you find her even though you knew where she might be found?" The proposition was a corker.Page 42
That it is a beautiful animal there is no gainsaying, but if its size and colors are magnified here within Pellucidar, so is the ferocity of its disposition.Page 43
The tiger was now upon the bull's broad back, clinging to the huge neck with powerful fangs while its long, strong talons ripped the heavy hide into shreds and ribbons.Page 50
I do not know.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
" The red man groped ahead.Page 56
Now the water passed above the girl's mouth and nose--her eyes and forehead all that showed--yet still she walked on after the retreating Mahar.Page 64
He seemed to realize that escape for me was impossible, and I could have sworn that his huge, fanged jaws grinned in pleasurable appreciation of my predicament, or was it in anticipation of the juicy morsel which would so soon be pulp between those formidable teeth? He was about fifty feet from me when I heard a voice.Page 71
My manner had the effect upon them that I had hoped, and as we came quite near together they ceased their savage shouting.Page 82
I thought of a beautiful oval face, gazing out of limpid eyes, through a waving mass of jet-black hair.Page 83
Slowly, after the manner of locomotion habitual to the Mahars, when they are not using their wings, we crept through throngs of busy slaves, Sagoths, and Mahars.Page 84
How we traveled at a dogged run until we dropped in our tracks.Page 91
Thus, with food and bedding I returned to my lair, where after a meal of raw meat, to which I had now become quite accustomed, I dragged the bowlder before the entrance and curled myself upon a bed of grasses--a naked, primeval, cave man, as savagely primitive as my prehistoric progenitors.Page 106
A little fellow stung.Page 108
"Thoria lies at the outer verge of the Land of Awful Shadow.