The little pink sloth-creature stood in the aperture
of the hut, and something else with a drab face and bright eyes came staring over its shoulder.
Swinging myself in, I found it was the aperture
of a narrow horizontal tunnel in which I could lie down and rest.
In a moment that part of the floor on which Dantes was resting his two hands, as he knelt with his head in the opening, suddenly gave way; he drew back smartly, while a mass of stones and earth disappeared in a hole that opened beneath the aperture
he himself had formed.
Here there was a little more light, for the high-up aperture
over the door opened to the air.
When, after what seemed an eternity, I reached the shadows at the upper end of the lake I found that the river issued from a low aperture
, to pass beneath which it was necessary that I compel Woola to lie flat in the boat, and I, myself, must need bend double before the low roof cleared my head.
The first face which appeared at the aperture
, with eyelids turned up to the reds, a mouth open like a maw, and a brow wrinkled like our hussar boots of the Empire, evoked such an inextinguishable peal of laughter that Homer would have taken all these louts for gods.
It was circular, closing a circular aperture
, and the Heliumite knew from his study of ancient Barsoomian architecture that it rolled to one side, like a huge wheel, into an aperture
in the wall.
It did not entirely fill the aperture
, and he had been looking over it.
As it was I hastened on toward the right searching for an exit toward which no Sagoths were fleeing, and at last I found it--a low, narrow aperture
leading into a dark corridor.
Not once did one leave the cliff by any other opening save that from which I had seen the first party come, nor did any re-enter the cliff through another aperture
One after another he pulled out the blocks until he had opened an aperture
large enough to admit his body, then he crawled through into a large, low chamber.
He had almost closed the aperture
when the lion appeared upon the inside--a very ferocious and angry lion that pawed and clawed at the rocks and uttered mighty roars that caused the earth to tremble; but roars did not frighten Tarzan of the Apes.
On the floor beside the aperture
lay a headless male body of almost heroic proportions, and on either side of this stood a heavily armed warrior, with drawn sword.
There were no stairs from the upper floor to the garret above, this ascent being made by means of a wooden ladder which De Vac pulled up after him, closing and securing the aperture
, through which he climbed with his burden, by means of a heavy trapdoor equipped with thick bars.
I therefore repeated the word after her; but when I saw the expression in her eyes as they were directed past me and saw her point toward the entrance to the cave, I turned quickly--to see a hideous face at the small aperture
leading out into the night.