in humility and poverty among His people, than to be ever
surrounded with the temptations of fine clothing, jewels and much gold,
to say nothing of two sumpter beasts heavy laden with runlets of wine?"
"I warrant his temptations were less by at least as many runlets of
wine as may be borne by two sumpter beasts when thou, red robber, had
finished with him," exclaimed Father Claude.
"Yes, Father," laughed the great fellow, "for the sake of Holy Church, I
did indeed confiscate that temptation completely, and if you must needs
have proof in order to absolve me from my sins, come with me now and you
shall sample the excellent discrimination which the Bishop of Norwich
displays in the selection of his temptations."
"They tell me you left the great man quite destitute of finery, Red
Shandy," continued Father Claude, as he locked his arm in that of the
outlaw and proceeded toward the castle.
"One garment was all that Norman of Torn would permit him, and as the
sun was hot overhead, he selected for the Bishop a bassinet for that
single article of apparel, to protect his tonsured pate from the rays of
old sol. Then, fearing that it might be stolen from him by some vandals
of the road, he had One Eye Kanty rivet it at each side of the gorget so
that it could not be removed by other than a smithy, and thus, strapped
face to tail upon a donkey, he sent the great Bishop of Norwich rattling
down the dusty road with his head, at least, protected from the idle
gaze of whomsoever he might chance to meet. Forty stripes he gave to
each of the Bishop's retinue for being abroad in bad company; but come,
here we are where you shall have the wine as proof of my tale."
As the two sat sipping the Bishop's good Canary, the little old man of
Torn entered. He spoke to Father Claude in a surly tone, asking him if
he knew aught of the whereabouts of Norman of Torn.
"We have seen nothing of him since, some three days gone, he rode out in
the direction of your cottage," he concluded.
"Why, yes," said the priest, "I saw him that day. He had an adventure
with several knights from the castle of Peter of Colfax, from whom he
rescued a damsel whom I suspect from the trappings of her palfrey to be
of the house of Montfort. Together they rode north, but thy son did
not say whither or for what purpose. His only remark, as
I arrived here today.Page 6
The perpetual midday sun poured down its torrid rays from zenith, as it had done since the beginning of Pellucidarian time--as it would continue to do to the end of it.Page 9
Now I felt I might start out upon my search with some assurance of finding my way back again to the prospector.Page 18
Systematically we worked upward in both directions from our base, and when we had at last.Page 25
It extinguished the ember.Page 35
After several long councils it was decided that, in order to expedite matters, Perry should return to the prospector with a strong party of Mezops and fetch the freight I had brought from the outer world.Page 38
" "You may say to them," I answered, "that I shall not tell them where the great secret is hid.Page 39
Of what crime could she be guilty that she must expiate it in the dreaded arena? As I stood thus thinking, another door, this time at one of the long sides of the arena, was thrown open, and into the theater of death slunk a mighty tarag, the huge cave tiger of the Stone Age.Page 61
I believe that if their domestication were not purely the result of an accident, as, for example, my taming of the hyaenodon, it came about through the desire of tribes who had previously domesticated flocks and herds to have some strong, ferocious beast to guard their roaming property.Page 65
I have to take his word for it--and I guess you will, unless you know more of such matters than I.Page 66
For several minutes I could hear him crashing through the brush.Page 68
Thus was it with me then.Page 78
What a cave it must be, I thought, that houses an entire tribe! But dissatisfied of the truth of my surmise, I climbed higher among the branches of the tree that I might get a better view of other portions of the cliff.Page 83
"It is wide and smooth and slow-running almost to the land of Sari," he added.Page 99
I pointed to the ground where the evidences of the struggle were plainest and where the scent must have been strong to Raja's nostrils.Page 103
"I thought," she concluded, "that I should have to use the viper's tooth, after all.Page 104
We were ready to embark.Page 105
There was nothing for us to do but try to keep the canoe right side up and straight before the wind.Page 108
"I come from the Island of Trees," he continued.Page 114
It was the navy! It was the navy of the empire of Pellucidar which I had instructed Perry to build in my absence.