As we bent to the slaughter, far above us rose that shrill, weird
cry which I had heard once before, and which had called the herd to the attack upon their victims.
For half an hour the weird
dance went on, until, at a sign from Kerchak, the noise of the drums ceased, the female drummers scampering hurriedly through the line of dancers toward the outer rim of squatting spectators.
She no longer believed in the weird
soul transmigration that the therns had taught her before she was rescued from their clutches by John Carter; but she well knew the horrid fate that awaited her should one of the terrible beasts chance to spy her during its nocturnal prowlings.
Cautiously the weird
party crept through the jungle in the wake of the great ape until at last he halted them with a raised hand and pointed upward and a little ahead.
For a minute he stood thus and then there broke from his lips the long, weird
cry of ape calling to ape and he was away through the jungle toward the sound of the booming drum of the anthropoids leaving behind him an awakened and terrified village of cringing blacks, who would forever after connect that eerie cry with the disappearance of their white prisoner and the death of their fellow-warrior.
From the lips of the ape-man came a weird
, uncanny sound, and in answer to it there leaped from the blackness of the hut's farthermost corner a bolt of fur-clad death.
There was nothing tangible that the eye could grasp--only an uncanny suggestion of life where it seemed that there should be no life, for living things seemed out of place in this weird
, dead city of the long-dead past.
An ugly, thickly populated neighborhood, whose area of twinkling lights seemed to reach almost to the murky skies; hideous, indeed by day, not altogether devoid now of a certain weird
attractiveness by reason of low-hung stars.
It was hard for them to realize that it was a man, for he seemed a weird
jungle spirit, a goblin of the forest.
Kwaque possessed a jews' harp, and, whenever the world of the Makambo and the servitude to the steward grew wearisome, he could transport himself to King William Island by thrusting the primitive instrument between his jaws and fanning weird
rhythms from it with his hand, and when he thus crossed space and time, Michael sang-- or howled, rather, though his howl possessed the same soft mellowness as Jerry's.
And until it disappeared over the tops of the trees of a near-by wood the five men stood as though paralyzed, their eyes never leaving the weird
shape; nor never one of them appearing to recall that he grasped a loaded rifle in his hands.
I had heard many weird
tales about him, and worshipped him from a distance.
Twas an alien place, full of weird
, evasive enchantment and magicry.
Behind it, sheltering its garden from the too keen breath of sea winds, was a cloudy fir wood, in which the winds might make all kinds of weird
and haunting music.
Afterwards doubting his parentage he inquired of the Delphic god and heard himself the weird
declared before to Laius.