From the edge of the forest I saw the caves
in the bluff, the open space, and the run-ways to the drinking-places.
And ever since that long-gone day have the dead of this fabled land been carried to the Carrion Caves
, that in death and decay they might serve their country and warn away invading enemies.
The forces of Hooja--a great horde of savage Sagoths and primeval cave
men--were work-ing their way up the steep cliff-face, their agility but slightly less than that of my captors who had clambered so nimbly aloft--even he who was burdened by my weight.
They led me toward the cliffs, and as we approached them, I glanced up and was sure that I saw Ajor's bright eyes peering down upon us from our lofty cave
; but she gave no sign if she saw me; and we passed on, rounded the end of the cliffs and proceeded along the opposite face of them until we came to a section literally honeycombed with caves
They would have had us share their caves
with them, but Lord John would by no means consent to it considering that to do so would put us in their power if they were treacherously disposed.
Thou makest this cave
sultry and poisonous, thou bad old magician!
I lay facing the opening of the cave
and where I could see the short stretch of trail which lay between the cave
and the turn of the cliff around which the trail led.
Gathering a number of stones into a little pile beside the mouth of the cave
I waited the advance of the Sagoths.
It would be complete, how- ever, as soon as the messenger dispatched with the great news to the cave
should get the word to her husband.
Till the animals that have entered your cave
come out again I prefer to remain in the open air.
Consequently, no boatmen would consent to pass the cave
at night; the peasants shunned the place, even in the daytime.
Now while he lay and wondered, the mouth of the cave
was darkened, and through it entered that same lad who had done battle with the lioness and been overthrown by her, bearing a dead buck upon his shoulders.