By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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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

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