Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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though he
knew that the whispering of the leaves was the language of the
leaves--they talked with one another.

The wind he attributed to the trees and grasses. He thought that they
swayed themselves to and fro, creating the wind. In no other way could
he account for this phenomenon. The rain he finally attributed to the
stars, the moon, and the sun; but his hypothesis was entirely unlovely
and unpoetical.

Tonight as Tarzan lay thinking, there sprang to his fertile imagination
an explanation of the stars and the moon. He became quite excited
about it. Taug was sleeping in a nearby crotch. Tarzan swung over
beside him.

"Taug!" he cried. Instantly the great bull was awake and bristling,
sensing danger from the nocturnal summons. "Look, Taug!" exclaimed
Tarzan, pointing toward the stars. "See the eyes of Numa and Sabor, of
Sheeta and Dango. They wait around Goro to leap in upon him for their
kill. See the eyes and the nose and the mouth of Goro. And the light
that shines upon his face is the light of the great fire he has built
to frighten away Numa and Sabor and Dango and Sheeta.

"All about him are the eyes, Taug, you can see them! But they do not
come very close to the fire--there are few eyes close to Goro. They
fear the fire! It is the fire that saves Goro from Numa. Do you see
them, Taug? Some night Numa will be very hungry and very angry--then he
will leap over the thorn bushes which encircle Goro and we will have no
more light after Kudu seeks his lair--the night will be black with the
blackness that comes when Goro is lazy and sleeps late into the night,
or when he wanders through the skies by day, forgetting the jungle and
its people."

Taug looked stupidly at the heavens and then at Tarzan. A meteor fell,
blazing a flaming way through the sky.

"Look!" cried Tarzan. "Goro has thrown a burning branch at Numa."

Taug grumbled. "Numa is down below," he said. "Numa does not hunt
above the trees." But he looked curiously and a little fearfully at the
bright stars above him, as though he saw them for the first time, and
doubtless it was the first time that Taug ever had seen the stars,
though they had been in the sky above him every night of his life. To
Taug they were as the gorgeous jungle blooms--he could not eat them and

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