herself humming a gay
little tune that was then popular in Helium. The creature at her side
turned its expressionless eyes upon her.
"What is that noise that you are making?" it asked.
"I was but humming an air," she replied.
"'Humming an air,'" he repeated. "I do not know what you mean; but do
it again, I like it."
This time she sang the words, while her companion listened intently.
His face gave no indication of what was passing in that strange head.
It was as devoid of expression as that of a spider. It reminded her of
a spider. When she had finished he turned toward her again.
"That was different," he said. "I liked that better, even, than the
other. How do you do it?"
"Why," she said, "it is singing. Do you not know what song is?"
"No," he replied. "Tell me how you do it."
"It is difficult to explain," she told him, "since any explanation of
it presupposes some knowledge of melody and of music, while your very
question indicates that you have no knowledge of either."
"No," he said, "I do not know what you are talking about; but tell me
how you do it."
"It is merely the melodious modulations of my voice," she explained.
"Listen!" and again she sang.
"I do not understand," he insisted; "but I like it. Could you teach me
to do it?"
"I do not know, but I shall be glad to try."
"We will see what Luud does with you," he said. "If he does not want
you I will keep you and you shall teach me to make sounds like that."
At his request she sang again as they continued their way along the
winding tunnel, which was now lighted by occasional bulbs which
appeared to be similar to the radium bulbs with which she was familiar
and which were common to all the nations of Barsoom, insofar as she
knew, having been perfected at so remote a period that their very
origin was lost in antiquity. They consist, usually, of a hemispherical
bowl of heavy glass in which is packed a compound containing what,
according to John Carter, must be radium. The bowl is then cemented
into a metal plate with a heavily insulated back and the whole affair
set in the masonry of wall or ceiling as desired, where it gives off
light of greater or less intensity, according to the composition of the
filling material, for an almost incalculable period of time.
As they proceeded they met a greater number of the inhabitants of this
underground world, and the girl noted that
Nor is this strange, for Pellucidar, in its land area, is immense, while the human race there is very young and consequently far from numerous.Page 18
Here we built a snug, secure little hut, which we provisioned and stored with fuel for its diminutive fireplace.Page 34
As his eyes fell upon me his face lighted with pleasure.Page 39
I could not see her features.Page 40
There was both hope and horror in them, too.Page 41
Again a Sagoth acted as interpreter.Page 44
On the way I added materially to my map, an occupation which did not elicit from the Sagoths even a shadow of interest.Page 45
Finally the parley was concluded and the men continued on their way while the Sagoths returned to where I stood with my guard.Page 52
" I couldn't persuade him to do more than direct me upon the way.Page 71
My guard conducted me farther into the mesa, where we came presently to a tiny depression or valley, at one end of which gushed a warm spring.Page 72
He told me that his tribe had lived upon this hilltop always, and that there were other tribes like them dwelling upon other hilltops.Page 76
"Those were your people," he said.Page 82
I am the chief's son, and through me he hoped to win my father's warriors back to the village to help him in a great war he says that he will soon commence.Page 85
And then he did a foolish thing, for as I.Page 91
A sullen roar from the warriors recalled my attention toward them.Page 94
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.Page 111
And then--ah, I shall never forget that moment--Dian sprang to her feet with a cry of "Land!" Sure enough, dead ahead, a long, low coast stretched across our bow.Page 113
One after another, following closely upon one another's heels, came fifty of the trim, graceful vessels.Page 121
and reel, they had kept a fairly accurate record of their course from the time they had set out.Page 122
I am surprised myself; it seems always to me as I compare it with the day that I first set foot upon it from the deck of the Sari that only a miracle could have worked the change that has taken place.