Thuran acted like one.
Nearly two months of this existence had passed when the first great
calamity befell them. It was prefaced by an adventure which came near
terminating abruptly the sufferings of two of them--terminating them in
the grim and horrible manner of the jungle, forever.
Thuran, down with an attack of jungle fever, lay in the shelter among
the branches of their tree of refuge. Clayton had been into the jungle
a few hundred yards in search of food. As he returned Jane Porter
walked to meet him. Behind the man, cunning and crafty, crept an old
and mangy lion. For three days his ancient thews and sinews had proved
insufficient for the task of providing his cavernous belly with meat.
For months he had eaten less and less frequently, and farther and
farther had he roamed from his accustomed haunts in search of easier
prey. At last he had found nature's weakest and most defenseless
creature--in a moment more Numa would dine.
Clayton, all unconscious of the lurking death behind him, strode out
into the open toward Jane. He had reached her side, a hundred feet
from the tangled edge of jungle when past his shoulder the girl saw the
tawny head and the wicked yellow eyes as the grasses parted, and the
huge beast, nose to ground, stepped softly into view.
So frozen with horror was she that she could utter no sound, but the
fixed and terrified gaze of her fear-widened eyes spoke as plainly to
Clayton as words. A quick glance behind him revealed the hopelessness
of their situation. The lion was scarce thirty paces from them, and
they were equally as far from the shelter. The man was armed with a
stout stick--as efficacious against a hungry lion, he realized, as a
toy pop-gun charged with a tethered cork.
Numa, ravenous with hunger, had long since learned the futility of
roaring and moaning as he searched for prey, but now that it was as
surely his as though already he had felt the soft flesh beneath his
still mighty paw, he opened his huge jaws, and gave vent to his
long-pent rage in a series of deafening roars that made the air tremble.
"Run, Jane!" cried Clayton. "Quick! Run for the shelter!" But her
paralyzed muscles refused to respond, and she stood mute and rigid,
staring with ghastly countenance at the living death creeping toward
Thuran, at the sound of that awful roar, had come to the opening of the
shelter, and as he saw the
You may take your choice.Page 8
For an hour I battled against the cruelly enveloping death that surrounded me upon all sides.Page 9
I could have cried with relief--his heart was beating quite regularly.Page 12
I set off after Perry, though at a somewhat more decorous pace.Page 20
A short distance before us rose a few low, rocky hills.Page 34
Next came shields; but these I found it easier to steal from the walls of the outer guardroom of the building.Page 35
"If Ghak will accompany us we may be able to do it," I suggested.Page 40
Ghak thought so too, as did Perry.Page 43
for there is no flesh or fish within Pellucidar that they will not eat with relish in the constant efforts which they make to furnish their huge carcasses with sufficient sustenance to maintain their mighty thews.Page 50
"I might indeed believe that you were from another world," he said, "for who of Pellucidar could be so ignorant! The Mezops live upon the islands of the seas.Page 67
"I immediately set out in search of you, knowing as I did that you must be entirely unarmed and defenseless against the many dangers which lurk upon the mainland both in the form of savage beasts and reptiles, and men as well.Page 69
It seemed a hopeless job and I gave it up, temporarily at least, for when I contemplated the necessity explanation of our solar system and the universe I realized how futile it would be to attempt to picture to Ja or any other Pellucidarian the sun, the moon, the planets, and the countless stars.Page 73
The Sagoths have a well-developed sense of humor.Page 79
Providence had indeed been kind to me, for the reptiles still slept.Page 87
What lay beyond I could not even guess--possibly a sheer drop of hundreds of feet into the corresponding valley upon the other side.Page 88
At the instant that our missiles flew I leaped to one side, but the Sagoth sprang forward to follow up his attack with a spear thrust.Page 98
"Run," I said to Dian.Page 102
Such is love.Page 107
We now set out once more for the land of the Sarians, and it was with feelings of sincere regret that we bade good-bye to our beautiful Garden of Eden, in the comparative peace and harmony of which we had lived the happiest moments of our lives.Page 109
In an instant I was white with jealousy, but only for an instant; since Dian quickly drew the man toward me, telling him that I was David, her mate.