With infinite solicitude Professor Porter wiggled his right arm--joy
One eye was buried in the soft loam; the other, rolling sidewise, was fixed in awe upon the strange gyrations of Professor Porter.
Philander lifted his other eye out of the mud and gazed in speechless rage at Professor Porter.
He was still bursting with rage, however, at the cruel injustice of Professor Porter's insinuation, and was on the point of rendering a tart rejoinder when his eyes fell upon a strange figure standing a few paces away, scrutinizing them intently.
But, Professor Porter, this man may know better than either of us.
Philander," remonstrated Professor Porter; "it is most unbeseeming in you to submit to such indignities.
He would be obliged if Professor Challenger would give the latitude and the longitude of the country in which prehistoric animals were to be found.
Then I move," said Professor Challenger, "that both these gentlemen be elected, as representatives of this meeting, to accompany Professor Summerlee upon his journey to investigate and to report upon the truth of my statements.
Then, amid a mixture of groans and cheers, Professor Challenger's electric brougham slid from the curb, and I found myself walking under the silvery lights of Regent Street, full of thoughts of Gladys and of wonder as to my future.
A line of electric broughams discharged their little cargoes of white-bearded professors, while the dark stream of humbler pedestrians, who crowded through the arched door-way, showed that the audience would be popular as well as scientific.
Waldron looked with amazement along the line of professors upon the platform until his eyes fell upon the figure of Challenger, who leaned back in his chair with closed eyes and an amused expression, as if he were smiling in his sleep.
A moment later Sing's knock aroused Professor
Maxon from the reverie into which he had fallen, and he stepped to the trap door to receive his evening meal.