Doubtless upon that long search mine was the first human foot
to touch the soil in many places--mine the first human eye to rest upon the gorgeous wonders of the landscape.
But the time will come; and when, in their changed ashes, the growth of centuries unborn has struck its roots, the restless men of distant ages will repair to these again unpeopled solitudes; and their fellows, in cities far away, that slumber now, perhaps, beneath the rolling sea, will read in language strange to any ears in being now, but very old to them, of primeval forests where the axe was never heard, and where the jungled ground was never trodden by a human foot
"A huge human foot
d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel."
Meanwhile, by a cleft between two walls of rock, following a path worn by a torrent, and which, in all human probability, human foot
had never before trod, Dantes approached the spot where he supposed the grottos must have existed.
Between him and destination lay a trackless wilderness of untouched primeval savagery where, doubtless in many spots, his would be the first human foot
to touch the virgin turf.
I had been thinking of it, sweeping over those mountain wastes of snow in Switzerland, then inaccessible to any human foot
; and had been speculating which was the lonelier, those solitary regions, or a deserted ocean.
Her boots and stockings followed the skirt, for the bare sole of the human foot
does not slip upon dry or even wet bark as does the hard leather of a boot.
The journey was up the bed of the small stream which emptied into the harbor, so that although fifteen men had passed back and forth through the jungle from the beach to the camp every day for two weeks, there was no sign that human foot
had ever crossed the narrow strip of sand that lay between the dense foliage and the harbor.
The impression of the whole scene was that of a spot where no human foot
had left its print for many preceding days,--probably not since Phoebe's departure,--for she saw a side-comb of her own under the table of the arbor, where it must have fallen on the last afternoon when she and Clifford sat there.
At the end of three months he came to the entrance of a huge forest, which looked as if it had never been trodden by human foot
before, and which seemed to stretch out indefinitely.
Thick dust covered the floor within the doorway, indicating that a great period of time had elapsed since human foot
had trod it--a secret way, doubtless, unknown to living Manatorians.
And since that momentous day in 1969, when Neil Armstrong first set a human foot
on the Moon, there have been a number of other truly extraordinary developments in the story of our species.