has given me strength to endure many dangers, for it has always
assured me immunity from the ultimate insult. I am not ready to die
yet. First let Hooja embrace the viper's fang."
So we did not die together, and I am glad now that we did not. It is
always a foolish thing to contemplate suicide; for no matter how dark
the future may appear today, tomorrow may hold for us that which will
alter our whole life in an instant, revealing to us nothing but
sunshine and happiness. So, for my part, I shall always wait for
In Pellucidar, where it is always today, the wait may not be so long,
and so it proved for us. As we were passing a lofty, flat-topped hill
through a park-like wood a perfect network of fiber ropes fell suddenly
about our guard, enmeshing them. A moment later a horde of our
friends, the hairy gorilla-men, with the mild eyes and long faces of
sheep leaped among them.
It was a very interesting fight. I was sorry that my bonds prevented
me from taking part in it, but I urged on the brutemen with my voice,
and cheered old Gr-gr-gr, their chief, each time that his mighty jaws
crunched out the life of a Hoojan. When the battle was over we found
that a few of our captors had escaped, but the majority of them lay
dead about us. The gorilla-men paid no further attention to them.
Gr-gr-gr turned to me.
"Gr-gr-gr and all his people are your friends," he said. "One saw the
warriors of the Sly One and followed them. He saw them capture you,
and then he flew to the village as fast as he could go and told me all
that he had seen. The rest you know. You did much for Gr-gr-gr and
Gr-gr-gr's people. We shall always do much for you."
I thanked him; and when I had told him of our escape and our
destination, he insisted on accompanying us to the sea with a great
number of his fierce males. Nor were we at all loath to accept his
escort. We found the canoe where I had hidden it, and bidding Gr-gr-gr
and his warriors farewell, the three of us embarked for the mainland.
I questioned Juag upon the feasibility of attempting to cross to the
mouth of the great river of which he had told me, and up which he said
we might paddle almost to Sari; but he
" "It is stupendous--if true," I replied.Page 16
Her silvery laugh rang merrily when I in turn essayed to speak to her, as though my language was the quaintest thing she ever had heard.Page 22
It stood thus a moment, and then the head was withdrawn.Page 33
I broke into a cold sweat in absolute conviction that some beast was close before me; yet the hours dragged, and no sound broke the grave-like stillness of the cavern.Page 35
She had had to proceed with utmost caution lest she fall into some abyss in the darkness and in truth she had thrice come upon sheer drops and had been forced to take the most frightful risks to pass them.Page 36
They speak of _ata_ and _cor sva jo:, meaning _reproduction_ and _from the beginning_, and point toward the south; but no one has a mother.Page 41
We now had but to pass through the balance of the Band-lu territory and that of the Kro-lu to be within the confines of her own land; but that meant traversing thirty-five miles of hostile country filled with every imaginable terror, and possibly many beyond the powers of imagination.Page 43
"I do not know," he admitted.Page 49
The Wieroo first began to produce their own kind--after which evolution from Galu to Wieroo ceased gradually until now it is unknown; but the Wieroo produce only males--which is why they steal our female young, and by stealing cos-ata-lo they increase their own chances of eventually reproducing both sexes and at the same time lessen ours.Page 51
One of them seized the Wieroo by his right wing, and in an effort to free himself, he loosed his grasp upon me, dropping me to earth.Page 55
He made no attempt to escape, though his feet were not bound and none of the warriors remained to guard him.Page 56
" "Why should I kill you? I have risked my life and that of this young lady to save your life.Page 67
If he wishes to follow you, he may; I will not interfere; but if he wishes to follow me, he shall; nor shall you prevent.Page 70
I was not in love now--the very thought was preposterous.Page 75
I had to put my rope about him after we reached the top, lift him over the sharpened stakes and lower him upon the outside.Page 76
The southern face of these cliffs loomed high and forbidding, rising to an altitude of some two hundred feet, sheer and precipitous, without a break that the eye could perceive.Page 77
Calling Nobs in a whisper, I cautioned him to silence and kept him at heel while I threw myself flat and watched, from behind a sheltering shrub, a body of warriors approaching the cliff from the south.Page 78
The forests were dense and peopled by enormous trees.Page 86
The alliance against Jor the chief had, therefore, been consummated, and this horde was already marching upon the Galu city.Page 89
from the Kro-lu country, now a full-fledged Galu.