Tarzan was now confident that Gernois had no intention of returning for
him, but he could not fathom the object that had prompted the officer
to desert him, yet leave him free to return to camp. His horse gone,
he decided that it would be foolish to remain longer in the mountains,
so he set out toward the desert.
He had scarcely entered the confines of the canon when the first of the
white-robed figures emerged into the valley upon the opposite side.
For a moment they scanned the little depression from behind sheltering
bowlders, but when they had satisfied themselves that it was empty they
advanced across it. Beneath the tree at one side they came upon the
body of EL ADREA. With muttered exclamations they crowded about it.
Then, a moment later, they hurried down the canon which Tarzan was
threading a brief distance in advance of them. They moved cautiously
and in silence, taking advantage of shelter, as men do who are stalking
Through the Valley of the Shadow
As Tarzan walked down the wild canon beneath the brilliant African moon
the call of the jungle was strong upon him. The solitude and the
savage freedom filled his heart with life and buoyancy. Again he was
Tarzan of the Apes--every sense alert against the chance of surprise by
some jungle enemy--yet treading lightly and with head erect, in proud
consciousness of his might.
The nocturnal sounds of the mountains were new to him, yet they fell
upon his ears like the soft voice of a half-forgotten love. Many he
intuitively sensed--ah, there was one that was familiar indeed; the
distant coughing of Sheeta, the leopard; but there was a strange note
in the final wail which made him doubt. It was a panther he heard.
Presently a new sound--a soft, stealthy sound--obtruded itself among
the others. No human ears other than the ape-man's would have detected
it. At first he did not translate it, but finally he realized that it
came from the bare feet of a number of human beings. They were behind
him, and they were coming toward him quietly. He was being stalked.
In a flash he knew why he had been left in that little valley by
Gernois; but there had been a hitch in the arrangements--the men had
come too late. Closer and closer came the footsteps. Tarzan halted
and faced them, his rifle ready in his hand. Now he caught a fleeting
glimpse of a white burnoose. He
They are at least a familiar landmark.Page 20
But we decided that we must take these chances and so at last we set forth from our hut for the last time, carrying such necessities as we felt we could least afford to do without.Page 21
It was well for me that this was true.Page 24
We did so; nor were we disappointed, for at last after a pleasant journey--and what journey would not be pleasant after the hardships we had endured among the peaks of the Mountains of the Clouds--we came upon a broad flood that rushed majestically onward in the direction of the great sea we had seen from the snowy slopes of the mountains.Page 32
"Have you killed them all?" "Those whom I failed to kill have departed, Perry," I replied.Page 35
The sense of direction and location of these primitive Pellucidarians is little short of uncanny, as I have had occasion to remark in the past.Page 52
Ghak and I looked at each other.Page 54
It was not until I had passed the high peak and found the river that my eyes first discovered the pendent world, the tiny satellite which hangs low over the surface of Pellucidar casting its perpetual shadow always upon the same spot--the area that is known here as the Land of Awful Shadow, in which dwells the tribe of Thuria.Page 55
The little world had that which Pellucidar could not have--a day and night, and--greatest of boons to one outer-earthly born--time.Page 63
"You're nothing but a good pup, and the man who put the hyaeno in your name ought to be sued for libel.Page 65
" I explained that all my belongings had been stolen from me, and.Page 66
For several minutes I could hear him crashing through the brush.Page 77
They coiled and threw their fiber-ropes; they hurled taunts and insults at an imaginary foe; they fell upon the carcass of the thag and literally tore it to pieces; and they ceased only when, gorged, they could no longer move.Page 81
I never understood that.Page 83
I thought it best for but one of us to return, since two could accomplish but little more than one and would double the risk of discovery.Page 103
For a long time he was inclined to be shy of her, often baring his teeth at her approach, and it was a much longer time before the female made friends with us.Page 118
They could scarce believe that we would not kill them.Page 119
You cannot return to the islands, for you have seen as well as we that the natives there are very numerous and warlike.Page 127
For what seemed a very long time nothing happened.Page 129
From there we sailed with sixty-five feluccas for distant Luana, the main island of the group where dwell the hereditary enemies of Anoroc.