"I shall sit down here," she announced, pointing to the trunk
of a tree which had fallen long ago and was now laced across and across by creepers and thong-like brambles.
And now ensued the usual turmoil of landing--waiters running twenty ways at once--men tugging trunks
, carpet-bags, boxes--women anxiously calling to their children, and everybody crowding in a dense mass to the plank towards the landing.
Next, the crate was carried out to an express wagon and loaded in along with a number of trunks
. Del Mar had disappeared the moment he had locked the door, and the two men in the wagon, which was now bouncing along over the cobblestones, were strangers.
The dirty maidservant stepped from behind the trunk
, put up her plait, sighed, and went on her short, bare feet along the path.
There were white-tusked wild males, with fallen leaves and nuts and twigs lying in the wrinkles of their necks and the folds of their ears; fat, slow-footed she-elephants, with restless, little pinky black calves only three or four feet high running under their stomachs; young elephants with their tusks just beginning to show, and very proud of them; lanky, scraggy old-maid elephants, with their hollow anxious faces, and trunks
like rough bark; savage old bull elephants, scarred from shoulder to flank with great weals and cuts of bygone fights, and the caked dirt of their solitary mud baths dropping from their shoulders; and there was one with a broken tusk and the marks of the full-stroke, the terrible drawing scrape, of a tiger's claws on his side.
Was it not youth to feel as he felt now, when coming from the other side to the edge of the wood he saw in the glowing light of the slanting sunbeams the gracious figure of Varenka in her yellow gown with her basket, walking lightly by the trunk
of an old birch tree, and when this impression of the sight of Varenka blended so harmoniously with the beauty of the view, of the yellow oatfield lying bathed in the slanting sunshine, and beyond it the distant ancient forest flecked with yellow and melting into the blue of the distance?
After inspection the two would come up with a song from the sea," Moti Guj, all black and shining, waving a torn tree branch twelve feet long in his trunk
, and Deesa knotting up his own long wet hair.
Her face relaxed as she noticed the ease with which he got the big trunk
to his shoulder, and her eyes glowed as they glanced over the graceful massiveness of the man.
Above them he stopped, his sensitive trunk
weaving among them, and there, at the bottom, he found Tarzan, bloody, but still battling.
This mode of walking the tree is only practicable where the trunk
declines considerably from the perpendicular.
He was concealed by this time behind another tree trunk
; but he must have been watching me closely, for as soon as I began to move in his direction he reappeared and took a step to meet me.
To these remonstrances, the single gentleman answered not a word, but when the trunk
was at last got into the bed-room, sat down upon it and wiped his bald head and face with his handkerchief.
At a word from the ape man and raising his tender trunk
high above the thorns Tantor breasted the boma, walking through it as though it had not existed.
The next evening, at about the same hour, accompanied by two others whose names are not recalled, they were again on the porch of the Harding house, and again the mysterious phenomenon occurred: the vine was violently agitated while under the closest scrutiny from root to tip, nor did their combined strength applied to the trunk
serve to still it.
The elephant uttered a long bellow of terror and agony, then raised himself up for a moment, twirling his trunk
in the air, and finally fell with all his weight upon one of his tusks, which he broke off short.