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CHARACTERS

Nu

Nat-ul

Tha

Victoria Custer

Barney Custer

John Clayton (Tarzan)

Lady Clayton (Jane)

Waziri

William Curtiss

Otto Butzow, Lieutenant

"Jack" Clayton (infant)

Esmeralda

Brown (hunter)

Aht

Sheik Ibn Aswad

Abul Mukarram

Lu-tan

Ra-el

Kor

Una

Nu the chief

Hud

Tur

Gron

Dag

Scarb

Throk

PLACES

Nebraska

Africa

Clayton's Estate

Uziri

Lutha

Fulad

Wamboli village

Restless Sea

Barren Cliffs

THINGS

Oo (sabertooth)

Ta (rhinoceros)

zebra

lion

sheep

deer

Old Raffles (a lion)

buffalo

Terkoz (wolfhound)

donkeys

Gluh (mammoth)

Pah (man)

Ur (cave bear)

Pterodactyl

Zor (lion)

aurochs

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS'
The Eternal Lover

(aka The Eternal Savage)

Summarized by
James D. Bozarth

Introduction by
David Bruce Bozarth

INTRODUCTION

During the late winter months of 1913 Edgar Rice Burroughs began writing a tale that linked the Tarzan saga (though Tarzan is a peripheral and largely ineffectual character) to a one-off fantasy adventure romance with the working title of "Nu of the Niocene (sic)." All-Story Weekly (March 1914) published this odd little tale under the title The Eternal Lover. Later (Jan-Feb 1915), the second part Sweetheart Primeval was presented in All-Story Cavalier Weekly. Both parts were later collected for the first edition hardback by A. C. McClurg in 1925. Grosset & Dunlap's last reprint was 1940. Ace Books reprinted Lover, under the title The Eternal Savage in 1963. The descriptive "odd little tale" used above remarks upon the author's chronologically confusing use of John Clayton (Tarzan), wife Jane, and infant son Jack in this mid-point The Mad King cross-over. The Mad King was written in two parts—1913 and 1914. The first part was serialized in 1914 followed by Barney Custer of Beatrice in 1915. Consideration of the various novels' embedded chronology gives rise to major incongruities regarding Tarzan's son "Jack" prior to and during World War I, as recounted in Beasts of Tarzan (serialized 1914) and Son of Tarzan, (serialized 1915). Jack could not possibly be of age to participate in WWI if the events of The Eternal Lover (Savage) are to be believed. The O. Henry type sacrifices of Nu, the epoch-challenged hero, and Victoria/Nat-ul, the confused heroine, are artfully presented to create a "Twilight Zone" ending that predates that popular TV show's famous "unexpected" punch-line denouements by many decades.

Of note is Gron's murder of her son begat by Tur, and her later, fatal, sacrifice to save Nu by murdering her own husband/mate. This murder/suicide is a disturbing theme—even considering that today's news media reports similar tragedies every day.

Part One

Chapter 1.1 NU OF THE NIOCENE

Nu, son of Nu, a troglodyte, goes to hunt Oo, the Sabre tooth tiger, to prove he is worthy of the love of Nat-ul, daughter of Tha. He dodges the attach of Ta, the rhinoceros, by climbing a fern tree and leaping to other trees just before the rhino destroys the fern tree he had just climbed. As he passes primordial apes he asks where he can find Oo. They tell him. He makes his way past a grass barrier to the cave and meets Oo in the open,.Nu throws his stone hatchet at Oo's head as it charges. He thrusts his spear into Oo's side as it passes him. The cat breaks the spear shaft and leaps on Nu who repeatedly stabs the cat, but the cat is dead before it can injure him. Nu cuts off the cat's head and repairs his spear with sinew from the cat's forearm. Alarmed by the onset of an earthquake, Nu runs into Oo's cave but is buried alive by the collapse of the cave entrance. That was a hundred thousand years ago.

Chapter 1.2 THE EARTHQUAKE

Victoria Custer, sister of Barney Custer of Beatrice Nebraska, is afraid of only two things, mise and earthquakes. She and Barney are visiting John and Jane Clayton, Lord and Lady Greystoke (Tarzan and Jane) at their African estate in the country of the Waziri to go big game hunting in the mountains south of Uziri. After one such hunt they pass a volcanic outcrop. Victoria confesses she is terrified by the evidence of a long ago earthquake. Barney asks her if the avatar of her dreams has made another appearance in her sleep. She admits she has dreamed of him every night recently. She loves the avatar, even though he frightens her, and she can never love another. As they approach the Clayton bungalow they see William Curtiss and Lt. Otto Butzow, a Luthanian, who have traveled from Nebraska to see them. After dinner Curtiss asks Victoria to marry him. She is about to accept because Curtiss had made the trip halfway around the world, a masterful, primitive journey which reminds her of the dream-avatar, but the earth quakes and Vicki flees to the bungalow only to faint in her brother's arms. Lady Greystoke, giving her baby "Jack" to Esmeralda, ministers to Victoria.

Chapter 1.3 NU THE SLEEPER AWAKES

The earthquake opens the cave in which Nu was trapped and he wakes to a changed world. Putting a new shaft on his spear, Nu finds out from the monkeys that no one has heard of his tribe but all are afraid of the white men with killer noise sticks. They show him the edible fruits but Nu needs meat and hunts the puny zebra killing it with a single throw of his spear which passes halfway through the body. As he eats he senses the approach of a body of men. As a simple precaution he fades into the forest, still lost in this strange world.

Chapter 1.4 THE MYSTERIOUS HUNTER

Victoria wakes to the realization that she cannot marry Curtiss. She tells Barney the earthquake preceded the knowledge that the avatar is looking for her and that she was the caveman's mate. She describes her man. Barney urges her to accept Curtiss' offer of marriage and forget the caveman, but she stays behind when the men ride to the mountains to the south to hunt. After a herd of zebras stampede past Barney and Butzow find Nu's zebra.. Brown, a big game hunter, states this is a man's kill with the meat cut from the haunches, but Clayton says the zebra was not shot with a gun. The only weapon capable of making a hole through the body without leaving the sound of a shot or the presence of gunpowder is a thrown spear but he cannot believe his senses. He urges the other that they all continue to track down the lion that has been stealing his sheep.

Chapter 1.5 THE WATCHER

Nu follows the hunting party which have strange skins, discovering only later that the skins are actually removable. He sees them shoot a deer, giving him a respect for their weapons. The party returns to the bungalow. After dark Nu approaches the bungalow. Nu senses the presence of Nat-ul among the strange people. He says her name. Both Barney and Victoria hear him. Victoria stops Barney from investigating. But the others investigate, thinking it might be "Old Raffles", the sheep-killing lion. Nu keeps just out of sight until the men return to their beds then he kills one of Tarzan's sheep and dines himself. An old, wily lion approaches from the plain, keeping silent and downwind.

Chapter 1.6 NU AND THE LION

Restless in the night, Victoria rises to walk in the garden on the side of the house, hidden from the verandah where Barney and Curtiss are sitting. Nu wants to go to her but the she is both Nat-ul and not Nat-ul, his beloved. "Old Raffles" on the other hand thinks she is dinner and charges. At the lion's roar Victoria sees Nu throw his spear and then faints,. Racing around the house Curtiss sees a movement in the bushes and shoots. Barney carries Victoria inside while the men who have gathered remove the spear from the body of the lion. A search of the grounds and of the plains beyond are fruitless because Nu lies in a clump of flowers just beneath their noses, a bullet wound in his head.

Chapter 1.7 VICTORIA OBEYS THE CALL

In the morning the men give Victoria Nu's spear which she recognizes from her dreams. Barney fearing for her safety plans to take her home, but the day before they are to leave, the dead sheep is discovered and they find where Nu had been wounded but now he is gone. Victoria sees a trail of blood but does not tell anyone. She convinces Barney to go hunt the buffalo bull he wanted when a herd is sighted north of the estate/ Victoria starts packing but, late in the afternoon, decides to trail her caveman. Taking Terkoz, one of Greystoke's wolfhounds, she heads to the bushes where Nu had been shot. Carrying Nu's spear and her big game rifle, she sets Terkoz on the trail. Terkoz leads her to Oo's lair where Nu lies sick with a fever from his infected head wound. She folds her jacket as a pillow for his head and watches over him, falling asleep in the night.

Chapter 1.8 CAPTURED BY ARABS

Victoria, who is now convinced she is both Victoria Custer, modern woman, and Nat-ul, mate to a cave man, wakes and heads to the spring at the foot of the cliff for water. Arabs club down Terkoz and capture her, leading her north with every intention of selling her to the sultan of Fulad. Nu wakes expecting to see Nat-ul but her absence so depresses him he relapses into fever and delirium. Barney, Curtiss and Butzow with a half dozen others find Terkoz at the spring and Nu in the cave. Brown recognizes the spear and Curtiss wants to kill Nu for killing Victoria. Barney stops him, not sure his sister is dead. Terkoz, revived by the search party comes in and lays a protective head on Nu's breast, allowing the others to approach but not Curtiss. Nu wakes up and Barney asks where Nat-ul is. Nu cannot understand him and asks in return where Nat-ul is., but Barney cannot understand Nu either. Barney returns to the bungalow with Nu on a litter with Terkoz beside him. The rest of the party continue to search for Victoria.

Chapter 1.9 NU GOES TO FIND NAT-UL

Barney nurses Nu back to health, teaching him English. The search parties come back without Victoria. Greystoke sets Terkoz to guard and restrict Nu to the estate. After three weeks Curtiss confronts Nu, whom he hates, demanding to know what Nu has done with Victoria. Nu does not know her. Curtiss calls him a liar and a "damned white nigger". Curtiss is about to draw his revolver when Barney intervenes. Barney no longer respects Curtiss who has shirked his duties in the search party camps, complaining of the work and the conditions of camp life. When Nu asks, Barney tries to explain Curtiss' bigotry. Nu asks who is Miss Custer. Nu cannot believe Nat-ul is Barney's sister: her brother is Aht, son of Tha. Barney explains Nu was the last one to see her, in the cave. Nu wants to look for Nat-ul but Barney stops him. That night Nu escapes taking his spear, axe and knife along with the willing Terkoz.

Chapter 1.10 ON THE TRAIL

Barney wakes to find his prisoner and his guard, Terkoz, gone. Greystoke is certain Nu has killed the dog even though they cannot find the dog's body. At the cave Nu removes the fangs from Oo's head, hanging them from his belt. He leaves the rest of the head in the cave as he and Terkoz set out on the month old trail of the arabs, covering in a day what the arabs took a week to traverse, quickly passing the scenes of carnage left by the marauders. Meanwhile, less than an hour after Barney discovered Nu's escape, Greystoke hears of an Arab raiding party which has a white woman with them. A huge party of a dozen white men and fifty Waziri set out after the arabs. On the way they find traces of Nu's passage: slain animals with the hole through the body, meat cut from the haunches and hunks chewed from the bellies. Brown notes that Nu and the supposedly dead Terkoz have eaten side by side from the body of their kill.

Chapter 1.11 THE ABDUCTION

Sheik Ibn Aswad leads his marauders north by a circuitous route, raiding, pillaging and taking slaves. Abul Mukarram, Ibn Aswad's right hand man covets Victoria but Ibn Aswad forbids it. When the marauders attack a village which resists their assault Ibn Aswad decides to by-pass the village. In the confusion that follows, Abul kidnaps Victoria, taking two donkeys. After two hours of flight Abul tethers the donkeys and grabs Victoria.

Chapter 1.12 THE CAViAN FINDS HIS MATE

Nu ponders his status as a second-class citizen, an inferior to the whites as he pursues the arabs. Barney's rescue party has headed straight across country to head off the arab raiders. Nu finds the donkeys' tracks and is about to turn towards the fighting arabs when he hears Nat-ul scream. He races to her rescue, slaying Abul. Nat-ul, no longer Victoria, kisses her savior. However, a hundred thousand years of civilization separate them and Victoria tries to explain that neither can live as the other lives, so Nu, to die and be reborn, puts the point of his spear to his chest and the butt on the ground. Unnoticed, Terkoz growls at the jungle behind them.

Chapter 1.13 INTO THE JUNGLE

Capturing the arabs fleeing from the Wamboli village, Greystoke demands the return of the white girl. Ibn Aswad says he knows of no white woman but a slave tells them she was stolen. The search party spreads out to search for the girl. Curtiss finds Victoria, Nu and Terkoz just as Nu is about to impale himself on his spear. Aghast, Victoria stops him saying she loves him, she cannot let him go. As they turn to leave Curtiss leaps from the bushes and aims at Nu's back. Terkoz leaps on Curtiss. Ten minutes later Barney finds the donkeys, Abul and the fang mutilated body of Curtiss. Across the meadow Terkoz growls a warning to Barney, then follows the trail of Nu and Nat-ul.

Part Two

Chapter 2.1 AGAIN A WORLD UPHEAVAL

Victoria knows Barney is following them and is undecided whether to return to civilization or to follow her love, Nu. Nu gathers her into his arms and takes her back to the cave of Oo to begin searching for their tribe of cave dwellers. After three days of travel, sometimes through the lower branches of the trees, Nu and Nat-ul sleep in the cave of Oo. That night the earth shakes, the mountain trembles, and Nu is knocked senseless, buried in the cave.

Chapter 2.2 BACK TO THE STONE AGE

Nat-ul wakes in the cave of her family: Tha, her father, Aht, her brother, and Lu-tan, her mother. Tha awakes saying he dreamed they had all drowned when an earthquake brought the Restless Sea down upon them. Walking outside Nat-ul is confused by the red sun and the sea and her dream of another life. As she gathers water at the spring she tells Ra-el, daughter of Kor the spear maker, and Una, daughter of Nu the chief, of her strange dream of white men who wear strange garments. She says Nu, son of Nu, rescued her but she woke up in her fathers cave after last night's earthquake. Una tells Nat-ul that Nu has not returned from hunting Oo. Nat-ul had not believed he would go hunt Oo, the killer of Gluh, the wooly mammoth, and of Pah, man. After breakfast Tha speaks to the tribe, urging them to relocate for the tribe's safety. When an old men points out the dangers from other tribes while moving, Hud, who desires Nat-ul, urges the move. Nu the chief agrees to the move but only after his son returns. After the meeting both Nu and Tha seek Nu's son while others hunt a mammoth sighted north of the village. When Nat-ul spurns Hud's proposal he kidnaps her and carries her across the Barren Cliffs to the deserted cave of Ur, the cave bear. He blocks the entrance before crossing to take Nat-ul in his arms.

Chapter 2.3 THE GREAT CAVE-BEAR

When Nu, son of Nu, wakes he remembers he had not found Oo at home and had run into the cave when the earth shook, burying him alive, but why had he expected Nat-ul to be with him? After digging himself out of the cave, Nu decides to wait for the return of Oo to his lair. He will not return to the tribe without Oo's head for Nat-ul. Nu the chief and Tha arrive and tell Nu the tribe is moving. Nu says he will wait one day for Oo to return and then follow the others back to the caves and then trail the tribe to the new location. Late in the afternoon, despairing of Oo's return, Nu slays a passing cave bear as a salve to his pride, taking the bear's hide and head to give to Nat-ul. He returns to the already deserted village and sleeps in his own cave. Meanwhile, Hud, thinking Nat-ul is resigned to being his mate, takes her in his arms but Nat-ul stabs him and escapes, returning to the village where she sleeps in one of the deserted caves. In the morning, Nu, after bathing, follows the tribe's trail north. Later, Nat-ul wakes and because she had not met with the tribe on her way back, sets out south to find them.

Chapter 2.4 THE BOAT BUILDERS

Nat-ul comes on about three score of men and women who are constructing wooden shelters and making boats by burning out the insides of tree trunks. She hides as she watches them, but Tur of the boat builders, sees her, desires her and chases her. Meanwhile, Nu overtakes the tribe and finds Nat-ul is missing. Ra-el, who covets Nu, son of Nu, says Nat-ul went willingly with Hud. Not believing the lie, Nu heads back south to the Barren Cliffs. On his way he finds Hud in the cave. Hud says Nat-ul stabbed him but dies unable to tell Nu anything else. At the abandoned village Nu picks up her trail and follows it to the boat builders camp where Tur is hurrying to finish a dugout canoe. Nu then follows Nat-ul's and Tur's footprints north to the beach where Nat-ul's tracks disappear suddenly halfway between jungle and sea. Returning to the boat builder's camp, Nu sees Tur launch his newly finished dugout and paddle for the islands on the horizon. Eavesdropping, Nu hears that Tur is going after a beautiful woman who escaped him.

Chapter 2.5 NU'S FIRST VOYAGE

When the rest of the dugouts are finished the men go fishing. One of the boats is destroyed by the savage prey of the fishermen and another, its hull filled with smaller prey, returns and Nu, charging through the camp, slays the three fishermen and steals the boat. Quickly mastering the paddle, Nu sails to the island narrowly avoiding death in the jaws of a sea reptile by killing it with his knife. Arriving at the nearest island Nu tracks Tur up a ravine. Standing on the crest of the ridge, Nu hears a woman scream.

Chapter 2.6 THE ANTHROPOID APES

Earlier, Nat-ul races down the beach to escape Tur when a Pterodactyl seizes her. Even though wounded by Tur's spear, the reptile flies to the nearest island where her hungry progeny await their dinner. Dropping Nat-ul in the nest, she flies away. The chicks attack but Nat-ul wounds two who attack each other and are in turn attacked by the third. Nat-ul escapes from the nest, climbing down from the cliff. Exhausted she sleeps but is awakened by the approach of six ape people. They chase her up a cliff, She kills two on the way up with thrown rocks. At the top of the cliff she slips falling over the edge, knocking another to his death. A fourth catches her and races to the bottom of the cliff with his prize, pursued by the other two. Tiring of the pursuit, Nat-ul's captor throws her to the ground and attacks the other two. Nat-ul flees down a gorge where a man hides. He grabs her as she passes. She fights like a tigress and screams.

Chapter 2.7 THE BEAST-FIRES

Tur carries Nat-ul to his canoe, finding Nu's boat beside it. Seeing he is pursued by Nu, Tur throws Nat-ul into one boat and shoves the other out into the surf. Nu dives into the sea and overtakes Tur's boat. Unable to fight both Nat-ul and Nu, Tur knocks the girl out with a fist and batters Nu with the paddle until Nu slips back into the water. Nat-ul wakes up at night in one of the Boat Builder's huts, bound hand and foot. The village is surrounded by beast-fires to keep the carnivores at bay, but a lion leaps into the camp, seizing an old man but is slain along with the old man before it can escape. Finally only two girls are left awake to tend the fires. Tur enters the hut and starts to untie Nat-ul's legs. Nat-ul watches as another creature enters the dark hut and silently attacks Tur. Her legs freed, Nat-ul flees into the jungle.

Chapter 2.8 BOUND TO THE STAKE

Nu, only stunned but not drowned, swims ashore on the island. He sees where Tur lands on the opposite shore. Nu finds his canoe and rows after the other boat. As night falls he sees the beast-fires and lands north of the camp. When the lion seizes the old man and is killed, Nu creeps into camp from the opposite side. Prowling the camp Nu hears Nat-ul talking to another in one of the huts and creeps inside, leaping on Tur who calls out for help when Nu gains the upper hand. Gron, Tur's mate, leads the villagers to Nat-ul's prison, knowing her mate would be with the captive woman. When a carelessly thrown torch starts the hut burning, Nu is revealed and quickly captured. When the men go to search for Nat-ul, Gron attacks Nu. One of the men stops Gron and tells Tur to punish his woman for interfering with the affairs of men. Tur takes her away and beats her. The chief questions Nu who calls the boat builders cowards who wear the skins of cows, not wild beasts taken in the hunt. Angered, the boat builders wait a day then tie Nu to a stake surrounded by a ring of wood and light the fire to roast him alive.

Chapter 2.9 THE FIGHT

After Nu had left on his search for Nat-ul, Nu, his father, could not bear to look for a new home without Nu and his beloved. Dag, a young friend of Nu's son draws a line in the ground and swears never to cross it until Nu is found. Aht joins Dag followed by Nu himself , then Tha. Soon everybody is south of the line. Nu leads a party of men south with the remainder of the tribe to return to their former home more slowly. The rescue party splits into three smaller parties: Nu's party, to follow the beach, Tha's party with Aht heads inland a mile and then turns south, and the third to head west. That night Dag, who is with Nu's party sees the beast-fires. He also sees Nat-ul creeping up on the camp. She is being stalked by Zor, the Lion, and the lion's mate. Dag and the others kill the lions. Nat-ul tells Nu her story from Hud's kidnaping to her discovery that Nu was being roasted alive. The rescue party attacks the camp routing the boat builders but fines that Nu, son of Nu, has disappeared from the camp.

Chapter 2.10 GRON'S REVENGE

The women of the boat builders taunt Gron until she is beside herself with rage. Scarb, the chief who ordered her beating, says Tur will find another woman and throw Gron out of his hut. When she appeals to Tur for forgiveness he knocks her down and orders her to get away from him. Gron goes mad. Vowing revenge on Tur she slays her son, Tur's beloved child. Then beating out two of the beast-fires she shouts a false warning that four lions are in the village killing the children. While everyone races to save the children Gron frees Nu and helps him steal a boat. Behind them they see two people set out after them in another canoe. The pursuit follows them out to sea to one of the islands on the horizon. Landing, armed with only Gron's knife, they see the other boat approach. Nu and Gron flee inland where Gron admits she did not save Nu for herself but only to anger Tur, whom she hates.

Chapter 2.11 THE AUROCHS

Fading into the forest, Nu and Gron sleep in a tree, Nu's arm around the terrified woman. She wakes in the morning to the comforting feel of his arm and the sight of his handsome face, then she remembers her murdered baby. Looking for stones to make weapons, Nu assists Gron to climb down a terrifying cliff, garnering her admiration. As they cross a meadow, they sight giant aurochs, primitive cattle, coming out of the other side. Nu takes Gron's knife to hunt the cattle but is thwarted by the appearance of the cattle's herders. Retreating to the cliff, pursued by the herders, Nu aids Gron to climb to the safety of a high ledge. Gron now desires Nu as her mate, but Nu knows nothing of her desire thinking only to rescue Nat-ul. After the herders leave, Nu supplies Gron with food and water, then goes to steal a spear, axe and knife for himself. He discovers the herders live on floating caves in a lake which are connected to the land by sentry-guarded causeways. Watching until nightfall, Nu discovers a great cat is stalking him. He is trapped until a woman distracts the sentry with her charms. As they embrace, the beast leaps at Nu.

Chapter 2.12 TUR'S DECEPTION

As the beast charges Nu dives into the lake, swimming underwater to the causeway. An hour later the woman leaves and Nu slays the sentry, taking his weapons, Back in the cave, Gron compares Nu to Tur and realizes she loves Nu for his kindness and strength. When he returns to the cave Nu notices Gron, when she is not angry, is quite comely but her protestations of love fall on deaf ears. She kisses him in welcome but he laughs it off as he leads her back inside the cave. Meanwhile Nat-ul discovers Nu's bonds were cut and so she searches the huts for Nu while his father joins the cavemen who are pursuing the fleeing boat builders. Tur who has hidden in one of the huts, sees Nat-ul enter his hut. He hides his identity in the dark and convinces Nat-ul he knows where Nu is imprisoned and that, if she will save him from the cavemen, he will take her to Nu. She agrees. Tur appropriates a boat and sets out with Nat-ul. Tur sees a boat ahead of him and, thinking it one of his tribe's fleeing boats, follows. They land on an island where Tur tries to claim her but she knocks him out with the paddle and escapes into the forest. Tur revives and follows her only to discover his prey is actually a lion instead. Climbing a tree, Tur cowers throughout the rest of the night.

Chapter 2.13 NAT-UL IS HEART-BROKEN

Nat-ul spends the day fleeing deeper into the island's interior. At nightfall she lies exhausted on the top of a cliff but she is forced to descend into the darkness by the arrival of a predator. She finds a cave and sleeps. She wakes to see the return of Nu and Gron's reception of him. Nat-ul is filled with murderous rage at Nu's perfidy and she determines to slay them, but, on the threshold of the cave, she reconsiders and flees into the forest only to find her way blocked by an aurochs. In the cave Nu tells Gron he can never love her. She falls to the ground sobbing. Stepping outside, Nu sees a woman in the distance meet the aurochs. He knows Nat-ul fears nothing - nothing, that is, except mice and earthquakes. So the woman in the distance might be Nat-ul. He sees the aurochs herders capture her and head back to the lake dwellings. Immediately he follows, ignoring Gron in his haste. Gron moans and slides to the ground.

Chapter 2.14 "I HAVE COME TO SAVE YOU"

Waiting until dark, Nu enters the sleeping village. He goes into the first building, sniffing each sleeper in search of Nat-ul's scent. The sentry comes in to wake his replacement, Throk. Convincing the sleepy Throk he is one of the lake dwellers, Nu takes Throk's watch. Unable to tell where the woman is being held prisoner, Nu returns to ask Throk where she is held. Telling Nu the woman is in the last building, Throk is concerned but, shrugging, lies down again. Nu finds Nat-ul, but she repulses him, telling him to go back to Gron. Nu says, had he not loved Nat-ul, he would not be here now. Throk realizes he will be in trouble if anything happens while he is supposed to be on watch and races for the jail, meeting Nu and Nat-ul. Nu slays Throk, then they dive into the water. They swim ashore and out run their pursuers who soon abandon the chase. As Nu and Nat-ul climb the cliff Tur slides behind a boulder to topple it on the climbers. Just as it is about to fall Gron emerges from the cave, seeing her mate about to slay the man she loves. She slays Tur and then herself. Nat-ul and Nu find the dugouts and return to their village where Nat-ul teases Nu for not bringing her the head Of Oo. Nu leaves the next morning for Oo's lair. While Nat-ul waits, the earth shakes, the cliffs fall and the sea sweeps over the land.

Chapter 2.15 WHAT THE CAVE REVEALED

Victoria wakes in the Greystoke bungalow after three minutes of unconsciousness following a minor earthquake. Barney has just sent Esmeralda for brandy. Victoria tells Barney her dreams - both of them - and he reassures her she is all right. She is glad Curtiss isn't dead but cannot love him after reliving her long-ago life. In the morning Barney and she ride south to the cliff that had frightened her earlier. Barney follows her up the cliff, hard pressed to keep up, to where a boulder has been dislodged. Inside the cave they find the skull of Oo and the skeleton of Nu, who had killed the cat for Nat-ul - for Victoria.