were many comfortable chairs in the large room, and the sofa was an
exceptionally long one, she and her companion occupied but little more
space than would have comfortably accommodated a single individual.
"Stop it, Harold," she admonished. "I utterly loathe being mauled."
"But I can't help it, dear. It seems so absolutely wonderful! I can't
believe it--that you are really mine."
"But I'm not--yet!" exclaimed the girl.
"There are a lot of formalities and bridesmaids and ministers and things
that have got to be taken into consideration before I am yours. And
anyway there is no necessity for mussing me up so. You might as well
know now as later that I utterly loathe this cave-man stuff. And really,
Harold, there is nothing about your appearance that suggests a cave-man,
which is probably one reason that I like you."
"Like me?" exclaimed the young man. "I thought you loved me."
"I have to like you in order to love you, don't I?" she parried. "And
one certainly has to like the man she is going to marry."
"Well," grumbled Mr. Bince, "you might be more enthusiastic about it."
"I prefer," explained the girl, "to be loved decorously. I do not care
to be pawed or clawed or crumpled. After we have been married for
fifteen or twenty years and are really well acquainted--"
"Possibly you will permit me to kiss you," Bince finished for her.
"Don't be silly, Harold," she retorted. "You have kissed me so much now
that my hair is all down, and my face must be a sight. Lips are what you
are supposed to kiss with--you don't have to kiss with your hands."
"Possibly I was a little bit rough. I am sorry," apologized the young
man. "But when a fellow has just been told by the sweetest girl in the
world that she will marry him, it's enough to make him a little bit
"Not at all," rejoined Miss Compton. "We should never forget the
stratum of society to which we belong, and what we owe to the
maintenance of the position we hold. My father has always impressed upon
me the fact that gentlemen or gentlewomen are always gentle-folk under
any and all circumstances and conditions. I distinctly recall his remark
about one of his friends, whom he greatly admired, to this effect: that
he always got drunk like a gentleman. Therefore we should do everything
as gentle-folk should do things, and when we make love we should make
love like gentlefolk, and not like hod-carriers or cavemen."
My father bequeathed me a competency; some remoter ancestors lust to roam.Page 5
" For two months I talked with David Innes almost every day, and as Downes translated, either Nestor or I took notes.Page 25
Repeated experiments with it determined me that in searching for a high explosive, Perry had stumbled upon a fire-extinguisher that would have made his fortune for him back in our own world.Page 29
The tides of Pellucidar don't amount to much by comparison with our higher tides of the outer world, but I knew that it ought to prove ample to float the Sari.Page 32
He came out on deck and, peering over the side, descried the lone canoe floating a short distance astern with its grim and grisly freight.Page 33
In fact, the dead men in the canoe we had left astern after the battle and the survivors who were paddling rapidly toward their shore were the first he ever had seen.Page 38
"That you return to them that which you stole from the pits of Phutra when you killed the four Mahars and escaped," he replied.Page 43
There was no doubt but that they had the upper hand.Page 55
Here should be located an observatory, from which might be flashed by wireless to every corner of the empire the correct time once each day.Page 58
By this time all the fight was out of him, so that when I had gathered a few tiny branches from some of the stunted trees that grew in the crevices of the cliff, and returned to him he permitted me to set his broken leg and bind it in splints.Page 60
Presently, the hyaenodon arose and came toward me.Page 67
I was still a little downcast by the desertion of my new-found friend, though I tried to assure myself that it was nothing but what I might have expected.Page 72
Some time after this Gr-gr-gr came through the fields where we were, and his son spoke to him upon the subject, but the old gentleman was evidently in anything but a good humor, for he cuffed the youngster and, turning upon me, informed me that he was convinced that I had lied to him, and that I was one of Hooja's people.Page 81
Afterward they put me in the arena with two warriors from Gombul.Page 84
There was the leaning tree, my first point he told me to look for after rounding the boulder where we had met.Page 86
We dodged around the cliff-end, then paused for an instant, listening.Page 110
But one would have been enough to have taken us could it have come alongside.Page 112
And with our sail gone, no wind would help us, though, as if in derision at our plight, a steady breeze was now blowing.Page 128
Not until we had topped this ridge did we get a view of the sea.Page 132
Our people are happy because they are always working at something which they enjoy.