Chapter 7 Summary
Sir Henry determines that the body of the white man is not his brother. Quatermain realizes that it is Dom Jose da Silvestra, the man who made the map he is carrying. The bone pen he used is by his side, and the wound in his left arm is evidently where he drew the blood he used for ink.They set Ventvogel’s body next to him. Sir Henry takes the crucifix that hangs around Silvestra’s neck while Quatermain takes the bone pen.
Leaving the cave, the men see a small herd of antelope. They fire and kill one. Not having anything with which to build a fire, they eat the meat raw, proclaiming it delicious in their hunger.
Below them they see Solomon’s Great Road, although part of it had been covered by a lava flow. They continue walking along a ravine and find engravings on the walls. They show mailed figures driving chariots. Evidently the Egyptians had been here long before Solomon.
They come to some trees, which allows them to build a fire and roast the meat. Captain Good, always fastidious about his appearance, washes his clothes in a stream while using fat from the antelope to shine his boots. He also uses the fat to shave his overgrown beard.
He manages to shave only half his face when a flash from a thrown spear appears above his head. A group of natives of the same color as Umbopa approach them threateningly. They speak English, although from a previous century. They accuse the white men of invading their land, for which they must die.
Captain Good takes out his teeth, which startles the natives. Good puts them back in, seemingly performing magic. They are also surprised about his monocle, which gives him the appearance of having a large glass eye.
Quatermain takes advantage of their ignorance and superstition. He demonstrates his power of killing an antelope with only noise, firing his gun. The antelope appears to drop dead from the large bang.
The natives decide to let these miraculous strangers live. The oldest man introduces himself as Infadoos, son of the former king Kala. The current king, Twala, is his brother. He offers to lead the white men to his brother’s court.
Captain Good cries out when he sees the natives take the clothes from the bank of the stream, demanding to let him put on his clothes. Infadoos objects that he would deny them the sight of his beautiful white legs. This amuses Quatermain, who finds Good’s obsession with his appearance ridiculous.