of apes before him. It was the old Tarzan who shook his head as though
to toss back a heavy mane that had fallen before his face--an old habit
dating from the days that his great shock of thick, black hair had
fallen about his shoulders, and often tumbled before his eyes when it
had meant life or death to him to have his vision unobstructed.
The ape-man knew that he might expect an immediate attack on the part
of that particular surviving bull-ape who felt himself best fitted to
contend for the kingship of the tribe. Among his own apes he knew
that it was not unusual for an entire stranger to enter a community
and, after having dispatched the king, assume the leadership of the
tribe himself, together with the fallen monarch's mates.
On the other hand, if he made no attempt to follow them, they might
move slowly away from him, later to fight among themselves for the
supremacy. That he could be king of them, if he so chose, he was
confident; but he was not sure he cared to assume the sometimes irksome
duties of that position, for he could see no particular advantage to be
One of the younger apes, a huge, splendidly muscled brute, was edging
threateningly closer to the ape-man. Through his bared fighting fangs
there issued a low, sullen growl.
Tarzan watched his every move, standing rigid as a statue. To have
fallen back a step would have been to precipitate an immediate charge;
to have rushed forward to meet the other might have had the same
result, or it might have put the bellicose one to flight--it all
depended upon the young bull's stock of courage.
To stand perfectly still, waiting, was the middle course. In this
event the bull would, according to custom, approach quite close to the
object of his attention, growling hideously and baring slavering fangs.
Slowly he would circle about the other, as though with a chip upon his
shoulder; and this he did, even as Tarzan had foreseen.
It might be a bluff royal, or, on the other hand, so unstable is the
mind of an ape, a passing impulse might hurl the hairy mass, tearing
and rending, upon the man without an instant's warning.
As the brute circled him Tarzan turned slowly, keeping his eyes ever
upon the eyes of his antagonist. He had appraised the young bull as
one who had never quite felt equal to the task of overthrowing his
former king, but who one
From his lips there flowed--not prayer--but a clear and limpid stream of undiluted profanity, and it was all directed at that quietly stubborn piece of unyielding mechanism.Page 10
"We couldn't have turned in the ice stratum, Perry, I know as well as you," I replied; "but the fact remains that we did, for here we are this minute at the surface of the earth again, and I am going out to see just where.Page 15
They were to all appearances strikingly similar in aspect to the Negro of Africa.Page 21
Their laughter ceased.Page 24
"Who is Jubal the Ugly One?" I asked.Page 33
" As we continued on through the main avenue of Phutra we saw many thousand of the creatures coming and going upon their daily duties.Page 41
They beat their great wings up and down, and smote their rocky perches with their mighty tails until the ground shook.Page 44
the tarag's abdomen, pinning him to the floor of the arena.Page 48
A glance over my shoulder showed me that the copper-colored one had plunged in after me and was swimming rapidly in pursuit.Page 52
The upward curve of the surface of Pellucidar was constantly revealing the impossible to the surprised eyes of the outer-earthly.Page 54
Come," and he led me across the clearing and about the end to a pile of loose rock which lay against the foot of the wall.Page 58
"I thought the Mahars seldom, if ever, slept," I said to Ja.Page 60
the waters and devour you! It is frightful.Page 68
"And were I to believe that, my friend, I should indeed be mad.Page 72
At least such would be the case in my own world, where human beings like myself rule supreme.Page 76
" "Good-bye, Perry!" I said, clasping the old man's hand.Page 92
All in all they are handsome animals, and added the finishing touch to the strange and lovely landscape that spread before my new home.Page 97
As we proceeded along the ledge I gave Dian minute directions for finding my cave against the chance of something happening to me.Page 105
" "You little sinner!" I exclaimed.Page 112
Ghak and I were inclined to think that the Sly One had been guiding this expedition to the land of Sari, where he thought that the book might be found in Perry's possession; but we had no proof of this and so we took him in and treated him as one of us, although none liked him.