forest giants had evidently attracted him to them. A dozen times he
scrambled up the trunks like a huge cat only to fall back to the ground
once more, and with each failure he cast a horrified glance over his
shoulder at the oncoming brute, simultaneously emitting terror-stricken
shrieks that awoke the echoes of the grim forest.
At length he spied a dangling creeper about the bigness of one's wrist,
and when I reached the trees he was racing madly up it, hand over hand.
He had almost reached the lowest branch of the tree from which the
creeper depended when the thing parted beneath his weight and he fell
sprawling at my feet.
The misfortune now was no longer amusing, for the beast was already too
close to us for comfort. Seizing Perry by the shoulder I dragged him
to his feet, and rushing to a smaller tree--one that he could easily
encircle with his arms and legs--I boosted him as far up as I could,
and then left him to his fate, for a glance over my shoulder revealed
the awful beast almost upon me.
It was the great size of the thing alone that saved me. Its enormous
bulk rendered it too slow upon its feet to cope with the agility of my
young muscles, and so I was enabled to dodge out of its way and run
completely behind it before its slow wits could direct it in pursuit.
The few seconds of grace that this gave me found me safely lodged in
the branches of a tree a few paces from that in which Perry had at last
found a haven.
Did I say safely lodged? At the time I thought we were quite safe, and
so did Perry. He was praying--raising his voice in thanksgiving at our
deliverance--and had just completed a sort of paeon of gratitude that
the thing couldn't climb a tree when without warning it reared up
beneath him on its enormous tail and hind feet, and reached those
fearfully armed paws quite to the branch upon which he crouched.
The accompanying roar was all but drowned in Perry's scream of fright,
and he came near tumbling headlong into the gaping jaws beneath him, so
precipitate was his impetuous haste to vacate the dangerous limb. It
was with a deep sigh of relief that I saw him gain a higher branch in
And then the brute did that which froze us both anew with horror.
Grasping the tree's stem with his powerful paws he dragged down with
all the great
Werper was accustomed to sit for hours glaring at his superior as the two sat upon the veranda of their common quarters,.Page 9
The moans and the coughing of the big cats mingled with the myriad noises of the lesser denizens of the jungle to fan the savage flame in the breast of this savage English lord.Page 15
It is writ in my own blood which I have smeared upon my palm.Page 26
Jane Clayton surveyed them with unmixed feelings of pride and affection.Page 33
Could this creature be the same dignified Englishman who had entertained him so graciously in his luxurious African home? Could this wild beast, with blazing eyes, and bloody countenance, be at the same time a man? Could the horrid, victory cry he had but just heard have been formed in human throat? Tarzan was eyeing the man and the woman, a puzzled expression in his eyes, but there was no faintest tinge of recognition.Page 35
"You will need this," he said, and then from each doorway a horde of the monstrous, little men of Opar streamed into the temple.Page 47
The march of La and her priests was not without its adventures.Page 96
Their eyes, not yet.Page 102
To endeavor to snatch him from the midst of the armed horsemen, not even Tarzan would attempt other than in the last extremity, for the way of the wild is the way of caution and cunning, unless they be aroused to rashness by pain or anger.Page 112
As the great bull went down there was awakened in him to the full all the cunning, all the ferocity, all the physical prowess which obey the mightiest of the fundamental laws of nature, the law of self-preservation, and turning upon his back he closed with the carnivore in a death struggle so fearless and abandoned, that for a moment the great Numa himself may have trembled for the outcome.Page 114
She could not know how the thing had happened, that Taglat, gnawing upon them for sinister purposes of his own, had cut them through but an instant before Numa had frightened him from his victim.Page 117
The day was half spent when there broke unexpectedly upon her startled ears the sound of a rifle shot not far ahead of her.Page 120
He had been wondering how long it would be before the raiders who had ridden out with Achmet Zek would return with the murdered body of their chief, and the more he thought upon the matter the greater his fears became, that without accomplices his plan would fail.Page 126
Throwing herself face downward upon them she sobbed forth her misery until kindly sleep brought her, at least temporary, relief.Page 129
The excitement of his encounter with Mohammed Beyd, as well as the dangers which he now faced at the hands of the raiders when morning must inevitably reveal the truth of what had occurred in the tent of the prisoner that night, had naturally cooled the hot passion which had dominated him when he entered the tent.Page 130
"What are we to do now?" she asked.Page 144
What had been pandemonium before became now an indescribable tumult of hideous sound.Page 148
"Quite dead," he announced.Page 149
The apes trailed out behind the two white men for a matter of a few miles; but presently their interest lagged, the foremost of them halted in a little glade and the others stopped at his side.