At the Earth's Core
Chapter 10. Phutra Again
I hastened to the cliff edge above Ja and helped him to a secure footing. He would not
listen to any thanks for his attempt to save me, which had come so near miscarrying.
"I had given you up for lost when you tumbled into the Mahar temple," he said, "for not
even I could save you from their clutches, and you may imagine my surprise when on
seeing a canoe dragged up upon the beach of the mainland I discovered your own
footprints in the sand beside it.
"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. I had no difficulty in tracking
you to this point. It is well that I arrived when I did."
"But why did you do it?" I asked, puzzled at this show of friendship on the part of a man
of another world and a different race and color.
"You saved my life," he replied; "from that moment it became my duty to protect and
befriend you. I would have been no true Mezop had I evaded my plain duty; but it was a
pleasure in this instance for I like you. I wish that you would come and live with me. You
shall become a member of my tribe. Among us there is the best of hunting and fishing,
and you shall have, to choose a mate from, the most beautiful girls of Pellucidar. Will
I told him about Perry then, and Dian the Beautiful, and how my duty was to them first.
Afterward I should return and visit him--if I could ever find his island.
"Oh, that is easy, my friend," he said. "You need merely to come to the foot of the highest
peak of the Mountains of the Clouds. There you will find a river which flows into the
Lural Az. Directly opposite the mouth of the river you will see three large islands far out,
so far that they are barely discernible, the one to the extreme left as you face them from
the mouth of the river is Anoroc, where I rule the tribe of Anoroc."
"But how am I to find the Mountains of the Clouds?" I asked. "Men say that they are
visible from half Pellucidar," he replied.
"How large is Pellucidar?" I asked, wondering what sort of theory these primitive men
had concerning the form and substance of their world.
"The Mahars say it is round, like the inside of a tola shell," he answered, "but that is
ridiculous, since, were it true, we should fall back were we to travel far in any direction,
and all the waters of Pellucidar would run to one spot and drown us. No, Pellucidar is
quite flat and extends no man knows how far in all directions. At the edges, so my
ancestors have reported and handed down to me, is a great wall that prevents the earth