of his narrow shoulders and with waving of his arms and other
strange and amusing gesticulations. The child was fascinated. Here was
the first amusement of his little starved life. He listened intently to
the conversation, which was in French.
"I have just the thing for madame," the stranger was saying. "It be a
noble and stately hall far from the beaten way. It was built in the old
days by Harold the Saxon, but in later times, death and poverty and the
disfavor of the King have wrested it from his descendants. A few years
since, Henry granted it to that spend-thrift favorite of his, Henri de
Macy, who pledged it to me for a sum he hath been unable to repay. Today
it be my property, and as it be far from Paris, you may have it for the
mere song I have named. It be a wondrous bargain, madame."
"And when I come upon it, I shall find that I have bought a crumbling
pile of ruined masonry, unfit to house a family of foxes," replied the
old woman peevishly.
"One tower hath fallen, and the roof for half the length of one wing
hath sagged and tumbled in," explained the old Frenchman. "But the three
lower stories be intact and quite habitable. It be much grander even
now than the castles of many of England's noble barons, and the price,
madame--ah, the price be so ridiculously low."
Still the old woman hesitated.
"Come," said the Frenchman, "I have it. Deposit the money with Isaac the
Jew--thou knowest him?--and he shall hold it together with the deed
for forty days, which will give thee ample time to travel to Derby and
inspect thy purchase. If thou be not entirely satisfied, Isaac the Jew
shall return thy money to thee and the deed to me, but if at the end
of forty days thou hast not made demand for thy money, then shall Isaac
send the deed to thee and the money to me. Be not this an easy and fair
way out of the difficulty?"
The little old woman thought for a moment and at last conceded that
it seemed quite a fair way to arrange the matter. And thus it was
Several days later, the little old woman called the child to her.
"We start tonight upon a long journey to our new home. Thy face shall
be wrapped in many rags, for thou hast a most grievous toothache. Dost
"But I have no toothache. My teeth do not pain me at all. I--"
expostulated the child.
"Tut, tut," interrupted the little
"It will be seven hundred feet, Perry," I said, "by the time you can turn her into the horizontal.Page 11
" "What do you mean, Perry?" I cried.Page 22
But as we came closer, our hearts sank once more, for we discovered that the poor wretches were chained neck to neck in a long line, and that the gorilla-men were their guards.Page 23
When we halted our shadows still pointed toward nadir.Page 24
"How came you here?" I asked her.Page 27
"David," he remarked, after we had marched for a long time beside that awful sea.Page 32
It worked splendidly.Page 43
All its efforts to rid itself of the tiger seemed futile, until in desperation it threw itself upon the ground, rolling over and over.Page 45
Cautiously I crept up the stairway to the tunnel's end, and peering out saw the broad plain of Phutra before me.Page 50
In so far as I ever have heard no Mezop lives elsewhere, and no others than Mezops dwell upon islands, but of course it may be different in other far-distant lands.Page 55
There were several Mahars first, and then at least twenty awe-inspiring pterodactyls--thipdars, they are called within Pellucidar.Page 68
He listened so intently that I thought I had made an.Page 70
As we topped the ridge and saw the granite gate towers dotting the flowered plain at our feet Ja made a final effort to persuade me to abandon my mad purpose and return with him to Anoroc, but I was firm in my resolve, and at last he bid me good-bye, assured in his own mind that he was looking upon me for the last time.Page 72
"I could be in no more danger here," I said, "than naked and unarmed in the savage jungles or upon the lonely plains of Pellucidar.Page 80
This thought lent wings to my feet; but even at my best I could do no more than hold my own with the leaping thing before me.Page 87
In the world of my birth I never had drawn a shaft, but since our escape from Phutra I had kept the party supplied with small game by means of my arrows, and so, through necessity, had developed a fair degree of accuracy.Page 90
Ghak was, of course, positive that I had fallen prey to the terrible creature, which, within Pellucidar, is truly the king of beasts.Page 102
as the most civilized woman of my acquaintance, and finally I found myself gazing in foolish rapture at the beauties of her strong, white teeth.Page 103
" Noticing that Dian was becoming more communicative I began to entertain hopes that she might be warming up toward me a bit, although upon what slender thread I hung my hopes I soon discovered.Page 114
I tore at the steering wheel in an effort to turn the prospector back toward Pellucidar; but, as on that other occasion, I could not budge the thing a hair.