The watch upon the tower was thrown into confusion by the approach of
so large a party of armed men, so that, by the time they were in hailing
distance, the walls of the great structure were crowded with fighting
Shandy rode ahead with a flag of truce, and when he was beneath the
castle walls Simon de Montfort called forth:
"Who be ye and what your mission? Peace or war?"
"It is Norman of Torn, come in peace, and in the service of a De
Montfort," replied Shandy. "He would enter with one companion, my Lord
"Dares Norman of Torn enter the castle of Simon de Montfort--thinks he
that I keep a robbers' roost!" cried the fierce old warrior.
"Norman of Torn dares ride where he will in all England," boasted the
red giant. "Will you see him in peace, My Lord?"
"Let him enter," said De Montfort, "but no knavery, now, we are a
thousand men here, well armed and ready fighters."
Shandy returned to his master with the reply, and together, Norman of
Torn and Bertrade de Montfort clattered across the drawbridge beneath
the portcullis of the castle of the Earl of Leicester, brother-in-law of
Henry III of England.
The girl was still wrapped in the great cloak of her protector, for it
had been raining, so that she rode beneath the eyes of her father's men
without being recognized. In the courtyard, they were met by Simon de
Montfort, and his sons Henry and Simon.
The girl threw herself impetuously from her mount, and, flinging aside
the outlaw's cloak, rushed toward her astounded parent.
"What means this," cried De Montfort, "has the rascal offered you harm
"You craven liar," cried Henry de Montfort, "but yesterday you swore
upon your honor that you did not hold my sister, and I, like a fool,
believed." And with his words, the young man flung himself upon Norman
of Torn with drawn sword.
Quicker than the eye could see, the sword of the visored knight flew
from its scabbard, and, with a single lightning-like move, sent the
blade of young De Montfort hurtling cross the courtyard; and then,
before either could take another step, Bertrade de Montfort had sprung
between them and placing a hand upon the breastplate of the outlaw,
stretched forth the other with palm out-turned toward her kinsmen as
though to protect Norman of Torn from further assault.
"Be he outlaw or devil," she cried, "he is a brave and courteous knight,
and he deserves from the hands of the De Montforts the best hospitality
they can give, and not cold steel and insults."
Then Perry interested me in his invention.Page 17
Between the huts, which sometimes formed crooked streets, were dead branches and the trunks of small trees which connected the huts upon one tree to those within adjoining trees; the whole network of huts and pathways forming an almost solid flooring a good fifty feet above the ground.Page 31
" I asked Ghak if there was not some way in which I could release the girl from the bondage and ignominy I had unwittingly placed upon her.Page 33
They paid but little attention to us.Page 38
"For two reasons they hide it away and guard it jealously.Page 41
That was one great beauty about Mahar music--if you didn't happen to like a piece that was being played all you had to do was shut your eyes.Page 42
With the advent of the Bos--they call the thing a thag within Pellucidar--two spears were tossed into the arena at the feet of the prisoners.Page 44
Swinging his bloody horns from side to side the beast cut a wide swath before him straight upward toward our seats.Page 47
Then I drank from the clear pool, and after washing my hands and face continued my flight.Page 63
As I turned, romance, adventure, and discovery in the abstract took wing before the terrible embodiment of all three in concrete form that I beheld advancing upon me.Page 68
"Ja," I said, "what would you say were I to tell you that in so far as the Mahars' theory of the shape of Pellucidar is concerned it is correct?" "I would say," he replied, "that either you are a fool, or took me for one.Page 69
" He dropped a fruit from his hand to the ground.Page 74
" The guards in whose hands I now found myself, upon hearing that I had returned of my own volition to Phutra evidently felt that it would be safe to give me liberty within the building as had been the custom before I had escaped, and so I was told to return to whatever duty had been mine formerly.Page 79
My one great danger now lay in returning to the upper levels in search of Perry and Ghak, but there was nothing else to be done, and so I hastened upward.Page 89
They were of various sizes and shapes, but enough were of handy dimensions for use as ammunition in lieu of my precious arrows.Page 92
I had determined to make the cave my headquarters, and with it as a base make a systematic exploration of the surrounding country in search of the land of Sari.Page 100
he sprang for me with his bare hands.Page 103
It seemed incredible that even a prehistoric woman could be so cold and heartless and ungrateful.Page 113
The good-byes had been said.Page 114
For months I have been waiting here for a white man to come.