Pellucidar

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 57

for some tiny foot-
or hand-hold where I might cling for a moment of rest and recuperation.
The cliff itself offered me nothing, so I swam toward the mouth of the
fiord.

At the far end I could see that erosion from above had washed down
sufficient rubble to form a narrow ribbon of beach. Toward this I swam
with all my strength. Not once did I look behind me, since every
unnecessary movement in swimming detracts so much from one's endurance
and speed. Not until I had drawn myself safely out upon the beach did I
turn my eyes back toward the sea for the hyaenodon. He was swimming
slowly and apparently painfully toward the beach upon which I stood.

I watched him for a long time, wondering why it was that such a
doglike animal was not a better swimmer. As he neared me I realized
that he was weakening rapidly. I had gathered a handful of stones to
be ready for his assault when he landed, but in a moment I let them
fall from my hands. It was evident that the brute either was no
swimmer or else was severely injured, for by now he was making
practically no headway. Indeed, it was with quite apparent difficulty
that he kept his nose above the surface of the sea.

He was not more than fifty yards from shore when he went under. I
watched the spot where he had disappeared, and in a moment I saw his
head reappear. The look of dumb misery in his eyes struck a chord in
my breast, for I love dogs. I forgot that he was a vicious, primordial
wolf-thing--a man-eater, a scourge, and a terror. I saw only the sad
eyes that looked like the eyes of Raja, my dead collie of the outer
world.

I did not stop to weigh and consider. In other words, I did not stop
to think, which I believe must be the way of men who do things--in
contradistinction to those who think much and do nothing. Instead, I
leaped back into the water and swam out toward the drowning beast. At
first he showed his teeth at my approach, but just before I reached him
he went under for the second time, so that I had to dive to get him.

I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck, and though he weighed as much
as a Shetland pony, I managed to drag him to shore and well up upon

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Lost Continent

Page 0
From 30d to.
Page 8
"Can you suggest a better plan?" I asked.
Page 14
"Bring her about, Snider," I directed, "and hold her due east.
Page 15
" "You are going to try to make Europe, sir?" asked Taylor, the young man who had last spoken.
Page 18
"Come, men!" I said.
Page 19
Seizing Snider's rifle from his trembling hands, I called to Taylor to follow me, and together we ran.
Page 26
The inhabitants examined our clothing and all our belongings, and asked innumerable questions concerning the strange country from which we had come and the manner of our coming.
Page 33
That is all.
Page 41
"I am Victory's sister.
Page 45
The great cat stopped in his tracks.
Page 46
She smiled at that, and laid her other hand upon my head.
Page 49
Along one paneled wall we groped, our eyes slowly becoming accustomed to the darkness.
Page 54
I could not account for it.
Page 62
I was angry with myself that I permitted that matter to affect me as it had.
Page 67
This line of reflection I discovered to be as distressing as the former, but, though I tried to turn my mind to other things, it persisted in returning to the vision of an oval face, sun-tanned; of smiling lips, revealing white and even teeth; of brave eyes that harbored no shadow of guile; and of a tumbling mass of wavy hair that crowned the loveliest picture on which my eyes had ever rested.
Page 68
With powerful strokes we swam out in the path of the oncoming launch.
Page 70
I was escorted within the building into the presence of an old negro, a fine looking man, with a dignified and military bearing.
Page 79
Could I even accomplish aught by this means? I did not know.
Page 82
But in her struggles, Victory turned Menelek about so that he saw me.
Page 86
that we were prisoners before we realized what had happened.