strike down one who wrongfully claimed kinship with him."
This line of argument being unanswerable must needs be convincing.
There could be no questioning of this creature's statements without the
tacit admission of lack of faith in the omnipotence of Jad-ben-Otho.
Ko-tan was satisfied that he was entertaining deity, but as to just
what form his entertainment should take he was rather at a loss to
know. His conception of god had been rather a vague and hazy affair,
though in common with all primitive people his god was a personal one
as were his devils and demons. The pleasures of Jad-ben-Otho he had
assumed to be the excesses which he himself enjoyed, but devoid of any
unpleasant reaction. It therefore occurred to him that the Dor-ul-Otho
would be greatly entertained by eating--eating large quantities of
everything that Ko-tan liked best and that he had found most injurious;
and there was also a drink that the women of the Ho-don made by
allowing corn to soak in the juices of succulent fruits, to which they
had added certain other ingredients best known to themselves. Ko-tan
knew by experience that a single draught of this potent liquor would
bring happiness and surcease from worry, while several would cause even
a king to do things and enjoy things that he would never even think of
doing or enjoying while not under the magical influence of the potion,
but unfortunately the next morning brought suffering in direct ratio to
the joy of the preceding day. A god, Ko-tan reasoned, could experience
all the pleasure without the headache, but for the immediate present he
must think of the necessary dignities and honors to be accorded his
No foot other than a king's had touched the surface of the apex of the
pyramid in the throneroom at A-lur during all the forgotten ages
through which the kings of Pal-ul-don had ruled from its high eminence.
So what higher honor could Ko-tan offer than to give place beside him
to the Dor-ul-Otho? And so he invited Tarzan to ascend the pyramid and
take his place upon the stone bench that topped it. As they reached the
step below the sacred pinnacle Ko-tan continued as though to mount to
his throne, but Tarzan laid a detaining hand upon his arm.
"None may sit upon a level with the gods," he admonished, stepping
confidently up and seating himself upon the throne. The abashed Ko-tan
showed his embarrassment, an embarrassment he feared to voice lest he
incur the wrath of the king of kings.
"But," added Tarzan, "a god may honor his faithful servant
I smiled at my imaginings.Page 9
It was as good a direction as any.Page 18
I shivered at the thought of how close I, too, must have been to going over with him.Page 19
It is one of the peculiarities of life within Pellucidar that man is more often the hunted than the hunter.Page 30
I told them that we were friends of the Mezops, and that we were upon a visit to Ja of Anoroc, to which they replied that they were at war with Ja, and that if we would wait a minute they'd board us and throw our corpses to the azdyryths.Page 41
Here we found ourselves facing the same cold, cruel tribunal.Page 64
They are enormous quadrupeds, eighty or a hundred feet long, with very small heads perched at the top of very long, slender necks.Page 75
As the attackers came on they paused occasionally wherever a projection gave them sufficient foothold and launched arrows and spears at the defenders above them.Page 76
Finally he spoke.Page 78
High above the ground I reached a point whence I could see the summit of the hill.Page 87
with these four.Page 93
And when I had returned to the outer world the old trials had recommenced with Hooja in Jubal's role.Page 95
The farther inland we went the darker it became, until we were moving at last through an endless twilight.Page 104
I had no difficulty in getting Raja aboard the dugout; but Ranee--as we christened her after I had explained to Dian the meaning of Raja and its feminine equivalent--positively refused for a time to follow her mate aboard.Page 106
not visible from our position! Our plight seemed hopeless to me, but I dared not let Dian and Juag guess how utterly dismayed I was; though, as I soon discovered, there was nothing to be gained by trying to keep the worst from Juag--he knew it quite as well as I.Page 108
"We, too, are lost," replied Juag.Page 117
Time and time again I cried to them to surrender, promising them their lives if they would do so.Page 124
Perry looked through the lenses of a moment, and then turned to me with a smile.Page 130
He was all for revenge.Page 132
Here we overcame the Mahar city that had ravaged the Land of Awful Shadow for so many ages.