With the advent of the Bos--they call the thing a thag within Pellucidar--two spears were tossed into the arena at the feet of the prisoners.
Upon one side of the doomed pair the thag bellowed and advanced, and upon the other tarag, the frightful, crept toward them with gaping mouth and dripping fangs.
The thag was charging now from one side, and the tarag from the other.
A little of this so disconcerted the tiger, knocking its breath from it I imagine, that it lost its hold and then, quick as a cat, the great thag was up again and had buried those mighty horns deep in the tarag's abdomen, pinning him to the floor of the arena.
Yet through all the agony of that fearful punishment the thag still stood motionless pinning down his adversary, and then the man leaped in, seeing that the blind bull would be the least formidable enemy, and ran his spear through the tarag's heart.
One would have thought that an entire herd of thags was loose behind them, rather than a single blinded, dying beast; but such is the effect of panic upon a crowd.
When I had come upon him he was clothed in rough sadak sandals, a gee-string and a tunic fashioned from the shaggy hide of a thag
. Now he wore real clothing again for the first time since the ape-folk had stripped us of our apparel that long-gone day that had witnessed our advent within Pellucidar.
Not quite so welcome is thug, from an Indian religious sect given to robbery and murder, via the Hindi thag
, meaning thief, and before that Sanskrit's sthaga, for rogue.
Experimental Fellbach Company of Germany will perform Robinson and Crusoe, also seen at last year's Cairo Festival of Experimental Theatre; and Dutch group Spot '70 arrives fresh from engagements in Belgium and Lithuania with Stelspel (Game Set), an absurdist take on couplehood.