dreaming beside the giant thing that had brought me safely
through the earth's crust, my traveling companion, the hideous Mahar,
emerged from the interior of the prospector and stood beside me. For a
long time she remained motionless.
What thoughts were passing through the convolutions of her reptilian
I do not know.
She was a member of the dominant race of Pellucidar. By a strange
freak of evolution her kind had first developed the power of reason in
that world of anomalies.
To her, creatures such as I were of a lower order. As Perry had
discovered among the writings of her kind in the buried city of Phutra,
it was still an open question among the Mahars as to whether man
possessed means of intelligent communication or the power of reason.
Her kind believed that in the center of all-pervading solidity there
was a single, vast, spherical cavity, which was Pellucidar. This
cavity had been left there for the sole purpose of providing a place
for the creation and propagation of the Mahar race. Everything within
it had been put there for the uses of the Mahar.
I wondered what this particular Mahar might think now. I found
pleasure in speculating upon just what the effect had been upon her of
passing through the earth's crust, and coming out into a world that one
of even less intelligence than the great Mahars could easily see was a
different world from her own Pellucidar.
What had she thought of the outer world's tiny sun?
What had been the effect upon her of the moon and myriad stars of the
clear African nights?
How had she explained them?
With what sensations of awe must she first have watched the sun moving
slowly across the heavens to disappear at last beneath the western
horizon, leaving in his wake that which the Mahar had never before
witnessed--the darkness of night? For upon Pellucidar there is no
night. The stationary sun hangs forever in the center of the
Pellucidarian sky--directly overhead.
Then, too, she must have been impressed by the wondrous mechanism of
the prospector which had bored its way from world to world and back
again. And that it had been driven by a rational being must also have
occurred to her.
Too, she had seen me conversing with other men upon the earth's
surface. She had seen the arrival of the caravan of books and arms,
and ammunition, and the balance of the heterogeneous collection which I
had crammed into the cabin of the iron mole for transportation to
She had seen all these
Nothing but trouble can come to you and your friends should you persist in defying the police.Page 28
Have they annoyed you further?" "They never cease," she replied sadly.Page 29
He would have been socially ostracized.Page 36
"This way, Monsieur," he said, and led the way up the broad, marble staircase.Page 40
"Name of a name!" he shouted, springing to his feet, "What brings you here!" "Sit down!" said Tarzan, so low that the men could barely catch the words, but in a tone that brought Rokoff to his chair, and kept Paulvitch in his.Page 43
at twenty paces, or spears at the same distance," laughed Tarzan.Page 44
The last was introduced to D'Arnot and Tarzan; he was a physician.Page 50
Tarzan was beginning to hope that, after all, the rumor might have been false, when suddenly Gernois was ordered to Bou Saada in the Petit Sahara far to the south.Page 79
Come; I shall tell you all about it as we go.Page 112
A moment more and it came in view--it was Horta, the boar.Page 116
Again he stopped, and by this time Tarzan had run twice around the stem of a great tree with his rope, and made the end fast.Page 117
At last they led him back to their village, where they brought him gifts of fowl, and goats, and cooked food.Page 122
The next day we decided to ascend to the top of the mountains, and see what the country upon the other side looked like, and if it seemed no better than that which we had so far traversed we would return to our village and tell them that they had already found the best place in all the world to live.Page 125
"The Arab raiders have returned with their cannibal slaves for our ivory and our women!" Chapter 16 The Ivory Raiders Waziri's warriors marched at a rapid trot through the jungle in the direction of the village.Page 133
He battled furiously but futilely--with the grim tenacity of a bulldog those awful fingers were clinging to his throat.Page 135
For a time no one turned back toward the thing that had frightened them, but Tarzan knew that they would in a moment, and when they discovered that it was but the dead body of their sentry, while they would doubtless be still further terrified, he had a rather definite idea as to what they would do, and so he faded silently away toward the south, taking the moonlit upper terrace back toward the camp of the Waziri.Page 171
As it was made up of numerous small pelts of different species of rodents, it presented a rather strange and wonderful appearance, which, together with the vile stench which permeated it, rendered it anything other than a desirable addition to a wardrobe.Page 187
Tarzan walked to the end of an overhanging limb in plain view of them.Page 200
For a moment he hesitated.Page 207
" The old man was deeply touched at the news of Clayton's death.