to seize the jugular; but Tarzan of the Apes had fought before with
creatures who struck first for the vital vein, and each time he
wriggled out of harm's way as he strove to get his fingers upon his
adversary's throat. At last he succeeded--his great muscles tensed and
knotted beneath his smooth hide as he forced with every ounce of his
mighty strength to push the hairy torso from him. And as he choked
Bolgani and strained him away, his other hand crept slowly upward
between them until the point of the hunting knife rested over the
savage heart--there was a quick movement of the steel-thewed wrist and
the blade plunged to its goal.
Bolgani, the gorilla, voiced a single frightful shriek, tore himself
loose from the grasp of the ape-man, rose to his feet, staggered a few
steps and then plunged to earth. There were a few spasmodic movements
of the limbs and the brute was still.
Tarzan of the Apes stood looking down upon his kill, and as he stood
there he ran his fingers through his thick, black shock of hair.
Presently he stooped and touched the dead body. Some of the red
life-blood of the gorilla crimsoned his fingers. He raised them to his
nose and sniffed. Then he shook his head and turned toward the cabin.
The door was still open. He closed it and fastened the latch.
Returning toward the body of his kill he again paused and scratched his
If this was a sleep adventure, what then was reality? How was he to
know the one from the other? How much of all that had happened in his
life had been real and how much unreal?
He placed a foot upon the prostrate form and raising his face to the
heavens gave voice to the kill cry of the bull ape. Far in the
distance a lion answered. It was very real and, yet, he did not know.
Puzzled, he turned away into the jungle.
No, he did not know what was real and what was not; but there was one
thing that he did know--never again would he eat of the flesh of
Tantor, the elephant.
The Battle for Teeka
THE DAY WAS perfect. A cool breeze tempered the
Earth men have not yet progressed to a point where they can comprehend the things that I have written in those notes.Page 16
Like the green Martians, they have an intermediary set of arms midway between their upper and lower limbs.Page 42
You did not see it because I led you not in the beaten tracks, but through roundabout passages seldom used.Page 65
The girl's beauty elicited many brutal comments and vulgar jests.Page 69
"What blasphemy is this, dog of a pirate?" she cried.Page 72
phosphorescent radiance illuminated the scene.Page 89
"You forget," he said, "that we are far below ground.Page 90
"Leave that to me.Page 97
It was that face that inspired me to the thing that followed.Page 114
Almost at the instant of impact I turned my bows upward, and then with a shattering jolt we were in collision.Page 115
Our speed must have approximated two hundred miles an hour, for Martian fliers are swift, so that at most we were in the shaft not over forty seconds.Page 126
And now in these black pits of the other Warhoons I looked into those same fiery eyes, blazing at me through the terrible darkness, revealing no sign of the beast behind them.Page 128
I raised my sword arm to deal the blow that should free me, and then I felt a heavy body upon my back.Page 136
That I shall need your sword I have little doubt, but accept from John Carter upon his sacred honour the assurance that he will never call upon you to draw this sword other than in the cause of truth, justice, and righteousness.Page 138
She hated him and feared him, but with both her father and grandfather gone, Zat Arrras was very powerful, for he is still Jed of Zodanga, to which position, you will remember, Tardos Mors appointed him after you had refused the honour.Page 151
' And when Thuvia told Dejah Thoris of her love for John Carter,.Page 156
You are absolutely in my power to do with as I wish--I may kill you, or I may free you, and should I elect to kill you, none would be the wiser.Page 176
"Yesterday the monthly rites of Issus were held," replied Yersted, "and I saw her then sitting in her accustomed place at the foot of Issus.Page 177
To each chamber a single corridor leads through solid rock from the pits of Issus.