They suspected, among many others, the bullying, red-bearded horsedealer whose caravans ploughed through their fastnesses
belly-deep in snow.
Even the wise and mysterious therns of Barsoom, that ancient cult which for countless ages has been credited with holding the secret of life and death in their impregnable fastnesses
upon the hither slopes of the Mountains of Otz, are as ignorant as we.
Occasional hunting parties have traveled to this out-of-the-way corner of the globe, but the hostility of the natives has usually brought disaster upon them, so that even the sport of hunting the strange and savage creatures which haunt the jungle fastnesses
of Kaol has of later years proved insufficient lure even to the most intrepid warriors.
She saw them dramatically, and really seemed herself to live a larger life because she entertained them and visited them in their fastnesses
In the center of the amphitheater was one of those strange earthen drums which the anthropoids build for the queer rites the sounds of which men have heard in the fastnesses
of the jungle, but which none has ever witnessed.
It wakened echoes in all those remote fastnesses
of her being where loneliness had brooded so long undisturbed.
A narrow alley ran past the building, ending abruptly at the bank of the Thames in a moldering wooden dock, beneath which the inky waters of the river rose and fell, lapping the decaying piles and surging far beneath the dock to the remote fastnesses
inhabited by the great fierce dock rats and their fiercer human antitypes.
In the old days, he said, they had crossed the grasslands and attacked the salt-water natives; but since the coming of the white men to the coast they had remained in their interior fastnesses
, and no salt-water native had ever seen them again.