Pellucidar

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 102

with its
forefeet.

Dian had seen and recognized me, and was trying to extricate herself
from the grasp of her captor, who, handicapped by his strong and agile
prisoner, was unable to wield his lance effectively upon the two
jaloks. At the same time I was running swiftly toward them.

When the man discovered me he released his hold upon Dian and sprang to
the ground, ready with his lance to meet me. My javelin was no match
for his longer weapon, which was used more for stabbing than as a
missile. Should I miss him at my first cast, as was quite probable,
since he was prepared for me, I would have to face his formidable lance
with nothing more than a stone knife. The outlook was scarcely
entrancing. Evidently I was soon to be absolutely at his mercy.

Seeing my predicament, he ran toward me to get rid of one antagonist
before he had to deal with the other two. He could not guess, of
course, that the two jaloks were hunting with me; but he doubtless
thought that after they had finished the lidi they would make after the
human prey--the beasts are notorious killers, often slaying wantonly.

But as the Thurian came Raja loosened his hold upon the lidi and dashed
for him, with the female close after. When the man saw them he yelled
to me to help him, protesting that we should both be killed if we did
not fight together. But I only laughed at him and ran toward Dian.

Both the fierce beasts were upon the Thurian simu-taneously--he must
have died almost before his body tumbled to the ground. Then the
female wheeled toward Dian. I was standing by her side as the thing
charged her, my javelin ready to receive her.

But again Raja was too quick for me. I imagined he thought she was
making for me, for he couldn't have known anything of my relations
toward Dian. At any rate he leaped full upon her back and dragged her
down. There ensued forthwith as terrible a battle as one would wish to
see if battles were gaged by volume of noise and riotousness of action.
I thought that both the beasts would be torn to shreds.

When finally the female ceased to struggle and rolled over on her back,
her forepaws limply folded, I was sure that she was dead. Raja stood
over her, growling, his jaws close to her throat. Then I saw that
neither of them bore

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Beasts of Tarzan

Page 10
"What guarantee have I that you would not take my money and then do as you pleased with me and mine regardless of your promise?" "I think you will do as I bid," he said, turning to leave the cabin.
Page 17
" "You cannot kill Akut," replied the other.
Page 21
Chapter 4 Sheeta The next few days were occupied by Tarzan in completing his weapons and exploring the jungle.
Page 27
A grim smile lay upon the ape-man's lips, for he knew that he had taken his life in his hands to free this savage jungle fellow; nor would it have surprised him had the cat sprung upon him the instant that it had been released.
Page 35
From Mugambi Tarzan learned that the mainland lay but a short distance from the island.
Page 36
His country lay far up the broad Ugambi River, and this was the first occasion that any of his people had found their way to the ocean.
Page 44
Finally he decided to take to the land himself, leaving his company to follow after.
Page 45
" At the next halt Tarzan took to the shore, and was soon lost to the view of his people.
Page 55
For an hour Tarzan heard only the murmur of excited voices from the far end of the village.
Page 68
Across Tarzan's forehead stood out the broad band of scarlet that marked the scar where, years before, Terkoz had torn a great strip of the ape-man's scalp from his skull in the fierce battle in which Tarzan had sustained his fitness.
Page 77
Tarzan nodded.
Page 82
Then he was gone.
Page 91
The guides found the white man's camp in a turmoil.
Page 102
She could not have forced the heavy dugout up-stream against it, and all that was left her was to attempt either to make the shore without being seen by those upon the deck of the Kincaid, or to throw herself upon their mercy--otherwise she must be swept out to sea.
Page 104
Jane Clayton knew that the fellow could not alone and unaided bring his heavy craft back up-stream to the Kincaid, and so she had no further fear of an attack by him.
Page 105
Darkness of the Night When Tarzan of the Apes realized that he was in the grip of the great jaws of a crocodile he did not, as an ordinary man might have done, give up all hope and resign himself to his fate.
Page 107
From the old negress, Tambudza, Tarzan had gathered a suggestion that now filled his mind with doubts and misgivings.
Page 135
But Momulla was even more curious than he was superstitious, and so he quelled his natural desire to flee from the supernatural.
Page 141
At last he halted and called aloud the summons which he and Tarzan had used to hail the great anthropoids.
Page 142
Only a gentle swell rolled softly in upon the beach.