to pieces at sight.
Black men would kill me with their spears or arrows. And now white
men, men of my own kind, have fired upon me and driven me away. Are
all the creatures of the world my enemies? Has the son of Tarzan no
friend other than Akut?"
The old ape drew closer to the boy.
"There are the great apes," he said. "They only will be the friends of
Akut's friend. Only the great apes will welcome the son of Tarzan.
You have seen that men want nothing of you. Let us go now and continue
our search for the great apes--our people."
The language of the great apes is a combination of monosyllabic
gutturals, amplified by gestures and signs. It may not be literally
translated into human speech; but as near as may be this is what Akut
said to the boy.
The two proceeded in silence for some time after Akut had spoken. The
boy was immersed in deep thought--bitter thoughts in which hatred and
revenge predominated. Finally he spoke: "Very well, Akut," he said,
"we will find our friends, the great apes."
The anthropoid was overjoyed; but he gave no outward demonstration of
his pleasure. A low grunt was his only response, and a moment later he
had leaped nimbly upon a small and unwary rodent that had been
surprised at a fatal distance from its burrow. Tearing the unhappy
creature in two Akut handed the lion's share to the lad.
A year had passed since the two Swedes had been driven in terror from
the savage country where The Sheik held sway. Little Meriem still
played with Geeka, lavishing all her childish love upon the now almost
hopeless ruin of what had never, even in its palmiest days, possessed
even a slight degree of loveliness. But to Meriem, Geeka was all that
was sweet and adorable. She carried to the deaf ears of the battered
ivory head all her sorrows all her hopes and all her ambitions, for
even in the face of hopelessness, in the clutches of the dread
authority from which there was no escape, little Meriem yet cherished
hopes and ambitions. It is true that her ambitions were rather
nebulous in form, consisting chiefly of a desire to escape with Geeka
to some remote and unknown spot where there were no Sheiks, no
Mabunus--where El Adrea could find no entrance, and where she might
play all day surrounded only by flowers and birds and the harmless
little monkeys playing in
At sight of me several of the savage creatures left.Page 18
His captors had been as inquisitive as to his strange clothing as had mine, with the same result.Page 44
Before him slaves and gorilla-men fought in mad stampede to escape the menace of the creature's death agonies, for such only could that frightful charge have been.Page 45
of the amphitheater had grown fainter and fainter until now all was as silent as the tomb about me.Page 53
All about the village, between it and the jungle, lay beautifully cultivated fields in which the Mezops raised such cereals, fruits, and vegetables as they required.Page 54
For my part I hate them and always have, but the other chieftains of the island think it best that we continue to maintain the amicable relations which exist between the two races; otherwise I should like nothing better than to lead my warriors amongst the hideous creatures and exterminate them--Pellucidar would be a better place to live were there none of them.Page 57
And then to my utter amazement I saw the forehead and eyes of the maiden come slowly out of the depths, following the gaze of the reptile just as when she had disappeared beneath the surface.Page 60
Here I sank panting and trembling upon the matted grasses beneath the giant trees, for I felt that I had escaped from the grinning fangs of death out of the depths of my own grave.Page 66
X PHUTRA AGAIN I hastened to the cliff edge above Ja and helped him to a secure footing.Page 75
"Yes," continued the old man, "we are both right.Page 76
" Tears came to Perry's eyes.Page 78
Those at the table had their backs toward me.Page 79
The corridors which connect them are narrow and not always straight.Page 88
Once more I took up my flight, nor were the Sagoths apparently overanxious to press their pursuit so closely as before.Page 98
What chance had I against this mighty warrior for whom even the fiercest cave bear had no terrors! Could I hope to best one who slaughtered the sadok and dyryth single-handed! I shuddered; but, in fairness to myself, my fear was more for Dian than for my own fate.Page 105
Motherless and unprotected; hunted across a savage, primeval world by that hideous brute of a man; exposed to the attacks of the countless fearsome denizens of its mountains, its plains, and its jungles--it was a miracle that she had survived it all.Page 106
After a time we decided to set out for Sari, as I was anxious to see Perry, and to know that all was right with him.Page 107
The plain which lies beyond the white cliffs which flank the Darel Az upon the shore nearest the Mountains of the Clouds is about as near to any direction as any Pellucidarian can.Page 112
We pursued them for some time, taking many prisoners and recovering nearly a hundred slaves, among whom was Hooja the Sly One.Page 115
I received several letters from him after I returned to America--in fact he took advantage of every northward-passing caravan to drop me word of some sort.