Quick, guardsmen, to the pits
with the black maniac who wishes to throw his life away for a poor joke upon your ruler
Never, I think, have I known such complete absence of light as existed in the pits
It was the arena and a wild thag or fierce tarag for me--unless the Mahars elected to take me to the pits
Hairy bodies strained and struggled against his own smooth hide as he battled in grim silence against these horrid foemen in the darkness of the pits
of ancient Aaanthor.
WHILE Tara of Helium was being led to The Towers of Jetan, Ghek was escorted to the pits
beneath the palace where he was imprisoned in a dimly-lighted chamber.
With a light bound he had disappeared into the passage leading to the pits
below, and when his pursuers came more cautiously after they found the chamber empty, they but laughed and jabbered to one another, for they knew that there was no exit from the pits
other than the one through which he had entered.
So we determined to put our plan to an immediate test lest the Mahars who made it possible should awake before I reached them; but we were doomed to disappointment, for no sooner had we reached the main floor of the building on our way to the pits
beneath, than we encountered hurrying bands of slaves being hastened under strong Sagoth guard out of the edifice to the avenue beyond.
Often they ceased their labors to squat, resting and gossiping, with much laughter, at the edge of the pit
they were digging.
He also felt along the sides of the pit
with his hands to see if it were possible to get out of it without help, but he found they were quite smooth and afforded no hold anywhere, at which he was greatly distressed, especially when he heard how pathetically and dolefully Dapple was bemoaning himself, and no wonder he complained, nor was it from ill-temper, for in truth he was not in a very good case.
He remained standing at the edge of the pit
that the Thing had made for itself, staring at its strange appearance, astonished chiefly at its unusual shape and colour, and dimly perceiving even then some evidence of design in its arrival.
Beyond that post a fresh pit had been dug in the ground, and near the post and the pit
a large crowd stood in a semicircle.
Every sound of insects in the air, every stirring of the leaves, every whisper among these men, made Sissy tremble, for she thought it was a cry at the bottom of the pit