smoke blotted out the tragedy within that fearsome
cell--a shriek rang out, a single shriek, as the dagger fell.
The smoke cleared away, but we stood gazing upon a blank wall. The
last crevice had closed, and for a long year that hideous chamber would
retain its secret from the eyes of men.
They urged me to leave.
"In a moment it will be too late," cried Xodar. "There is, in fact,
but a bare chance that we can come through to the outer garden alive
even now. I have ordered the pumps started, and in five minutes the
pits will be flooded. If we would not drown like rats in a trap we
must hasten above and make a dash for safety through the burning
"Go," I urged them. "Let me die here beside my Princess--there is no
hope or happiness elsewhere for me. When they carry her dear body from
that terrible place a year hence let them find the body of her lord
Of what happened after that I have only a confused recollection. It
seems as though I struggled with many men, and then that I was picked
bodily from the ground and borne away. I do not know. I have never
asked, nor has any other who was there that day intruded on my sorrow
or recalled to my mind the occurrences which they know could but at
best reopen the terrible wound within my heart.
Ah! If I could but know one thing, what a burden of suspense would be
lifted from my shoulders! But whether the assassin's dagger reached
one fair bosom or another, only time will divulge.
Upon it were written but two letters: D.Page 7
Too, she had seen me conversing with other men upon the earth's surface.Page 11
And then, quite with the suddenness of an unexpected blow, I realized a past familiarity with the gait and carriage of the fugitive.Page 19
It became something of an obsession with him.Page 32
In the leisure afforded we took turns working on our map, and by means of the compass and a little guesswork we set down the shoreline we had left and the three islands with fair accuracy.Page 42
It was true that Perry might do much with the contents of the prospector, or iron mole, in which I had brought down the implements of outer-world civilization; but Perry was a man of peace.Page 46
With bowed head and broken hopes I came out of the cave and told the Sagoth chieftain what I had discovered.Page 64
Their gait is slow and deliberate, but so enormous are their strides that, as a matter of fact, they cover the ground quite rapidly.Page 67
well-aimed cast of my javelin brought it down.Page 69
Two went ahead of my bearer and three behind.Page 70
The other eye, sheeplike in its mildness, gave the most startling appearance to the beast, which but for that single timid orb was the most fearsome thing that one could imagine.Page 84
to take up his position where he could watch the boat and await Dian, I to crawl cautiously on toward the caves.Page 106
He had seen how it had guided me across the water to the very coast that I desired to reach, and so he had implicit confidence in it.Page 112
So menacing was their attitude that we realized at once the folly of attempting to land among them.Page 119
We distributed them among the entire fleet lest there be too many upon any one vessel.Page 120
Their destination had been the island retreat of Hooja, and they had sent word to Ghak of their plans that we might work in harmony with them.Page 121
Four of the feluccas were equipped with these instruments, and all of the captains had been instructed in their use.Page 132
The task of ridding Pellucidar of these hideous creatures is one which in all probability will never be entirely completed, for their great cities must abound by the hundreds and thousands in the far-distant lands that no subject of the empire has ever laid eyes upon.Page 133
Dian and I live in a great palace overlooking the gulf.