Purun Dass swept the stone floor clean, smiled at the grinning statue, made himself a little mud fireplace at the back of the shrine, spread his antelope
skin on a bed of fresh pine-needles, tucked his bairagi--his brass-handled crutch--under his armpit, and sat down to rest.
We had no difficulty in finding my lair, and then I went down into the valley and bowled over a small antelope
, which I dragged up the steep ascent to the ledge before the door.
It was a fruitless search, however, in so far as antelope
is concerned; but one night as I lay courting sleep at the edge of a little cluster of date-palms that surround an ancient well in the midst of the arid, shifting sands, I suddenly became conscious of a strange sound coming apparently from the earth beneath my head.
The ape-man had a keen admiration for a well-muscled, well-proportioned body, whether lion, or antelope
, or man, and it had ever been beyond him to understand how clothes could be considered more beautiful than a clear, firm, healthy skin, or coat and trousers more graceful than the gentle curves of rounded muscles playing beneath a flexible hide.
, bison, horses, sheep, and goats were all in sight at the same time, and at a little distance a great megatherium reared up on its huge tail and massive hind feet to tear the leaves from a tall tree.
Here of a night might always be found either Sabor or Numa crouching in the dense foliage of the surrounding jungle awaiting an antelope
or a water buck for their meal.
It was when you came back in the Antelope
, just before you got your step.
Sometimes it was a bear, sometimes an antelope
, a coyote, a cougar-- that was as God pleased; all were food.
We had reached a point which, from my map, I imagined must have been about the former site of Erith, when I discovered a small band of antelope
a short distance inland.
In the name of the Regent of the Night, whose seat is on the Antelope
, whose arms embrace the four corners of the earth.
So he sent messages to the other animals, like the lions and the leopards and the antelopes
, to come and help with the nursing.
One jump, and you're out, and we'll run for it like antelopes