For fully five hundred feet I continued to climb, until at length I reached the opening in the stem which admitted the light.
I soon reached him and presently we were both ascending the long ladder toward the opening above.
Drawing closer to the opening leading into the bright daylight, Bradley surveyed what lay beyond.
Here he discovered a door already ajar opening into a large, circular chamber, the walls and floors of which were covered with the skins of wild beasts and with rugs of many colors; but what interested him most was the occupants of the room--a Wieroo, and a girl of human proportions.
At a little distance from a bald rock, and directly in its front, they entered a grassy opening, which they prepared to cross.
Profiting by so easy a method of retreat, Duncan stepped after him, and was gladly closing the slight cover to the opening, when he felt it drawn from his hand by the beast, whose shaggy form immediately darkened the passage.
Again and again did Eric seek to force an opening
under the other's guard, and just as often were his blows parried.
He struck the edge of the door of the opposite terminus of the rocky tunnel with his knees, slipped backward, clutched desperately for a moment, and at last hung half within and half without the opening
; but he was safe.
Presently, however, he heard a light tap at his door, then the door opened slowly, and he could see the flash of Lady Arabella's white dress through the opening
The Lion went back to the opening
where the beasts of the forest were waiting for him and said proudly:
Qu'elle sorte!" articulated the Frenchman, without opening
I followed them to my study, and found lying on my writing-table still, with the selenite paper weight upon it, the sheet of work I had left on the afternoon of the opening
of the cylinder.