Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 99

clean-washed air.

At either side of the leper stood his sole and constant companions, the
two hyenas, sniffing the air. Presently one of them uttered a low
growl and with flattened head started, sneaking and wary, toward the
jungle. The other followed. Bukawai, his curiosity aroused, trailed
after them, in his hand a heavy knob-stick.

The hyenas halted a few yards from the prostrate Tarzan, sniffing and
growling. Then came Bukawai, and at first he could not believe the
witness of his own eyes; but when he did and saw that it was indeed the
devil-god his rage knew no bounds, for he thought him dead and himself
cheated of the revenge he had so long dreamed upon.

The hyenas approached the ape-man with bared fangs. Bukawai, with an
inarticulate scream, rushed upon them, striking cruel and heavy blows
with his knob-stick, for there might still be life in the apparently
lifeless form. The beasts, snapping and snarling, half turned upon
their master and their tormentor, but long fear still held them from
his putrid throat. They slunk away a few yards and squatted upon their
haunches, hatred and baffled hunger gleaming from their savage eyes.

Bukawai stooped and placed his ear above the ape-man's heart. It still
beat. As well as his sloughed features could register pleasure they
did so; but it was not a pretty sight. At the ape-man's side lay his
long, grass rope. Quickly Bukawai bound the limp arms behind his
prisoner's back, then he raised him to one of his shoulders, for,
though Bukawai was old and diseased, he was still a strong man. The
hyenas fell in behind as the witch-doctor set off toward the cave, and
through the long black corridors they followed as Bukawai bore his
victim into the bowels of the hills. Through subterranean chambers,
connected by winding passageways, Bukawai staggered with his load. At
a sudden turning of the corridor, daylight flooded them and Bukawai
stepped out into a small, circular basin in the hill, apparently the
crater of an ancient volcano, one of those which never reached the
dignity of a mountain and are little more than lava-rimmed pits closed
to the earth's surface.

Steep walls rimmed the cavity. The only exit was through the
passageway by which Bukawai had entered. A few stunted trees grew upon
the rocky floor. A hundred feet above could be seen the ragged lips of
this cold, dead mouth of hell.

Bukawai propped Tarzan against a tree and bound him there with his

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with A Princess of Mars

Page 5
Possibly I had conjured up impossible dangers,.
Page 8
I had followed this trail for perhaps a hundred yards when a sharp turn to the right brought me to the mouth of a large cave.
Page 23
Tars Tarkas advanced toward me, holding out one of his arms, and we thus proceeded to the plaza without further mishap.
Page 28
My beast had an advantage in his first hold, having sunk his mighty fangs far into the breast of his adversary; but the great arms and paws of the ape, backed by muscles far transcending those of the Martian men I had seen, had locked the throat of my guardian and slowly were choking out his life, and bending back his head and neck upon his body, where I momentarily expected the former to fall limp at the end of a broken neck.
Page 41
They.
Page 42
With this added incentive I nearly drove Sola distracted by my importunities to hasten on my education and within a few more days I had mastered the Martian tongue sufficiently well to enable me to carry on a passable conversation and to fully understand practically all that I heard.
Page 44
On this morning I had chosen a new street to explore when suddenly I found myself at the limits of.
Page 54
As Sola departed Dejah Thoris turned to me with a faint smile.
Page 63
The method was not at all complicated.
Page 72
It was indeed an incubator, but the eggs were very small in comparison with those I had seen hatching in ours at the time of.
Page 75
We rushed each other furiously time after time, 'til suddenly, feeling the sharp point of his sword at my breast in a thrust I could neither parry nor escape, I threw myself upon him with outstretched sword and with all the weight of my body, determined that I would not die alone if I could prevent it.
Page 76
I have seen but two people weep in all my life, other than Dejah Thoris; one wept from sorrow, the other from baffled rage.
Page 90
of mounted warriors, who, in passing, dropped a dozen words that fetched my heart clean into the top of my head.
Page 98
Ah, gladly would I give up my life a thousand times could I only hear them once again; but I could not then give even a second to the rapture of her sweet embrace, and pressing my lips to hers for the first time, I picked her up bodily and tossed her to her seat behind Sola again, commanding the latter in peremptory tones to hold her there by force, and then, slapping the thoat upon the flank, I saw them borne away; Dejah Thoris struggling to the last to free herself from Sola's grasp.
Page 101
of his conqueror, and then his women cremated what remained, amid wild and terrible laughter.
Page 108
A second and third door receded before me and slipped to one side as the first, before I reached a large inner chamber where I found food and drink set out upon a great stone table.
Page 110
Every red Martian is taught during earliest childhood the principles of the manufacture of atmosphere, but only two at one time ever hold the secret of ingress to the great building, which, built as it is with walls a hundred and fifty feet thick, is absolutely unassailable, even the roof being guarded from assault by air craft by a glass covering five feet thick.
Page 129
"What manner of weird tale are you bringing me, Notan?" he cried.
Page 144
My first thought when the battle was over was for Kantos Kan, and leaving Dejah Thoris in charge of Tars Tarkas I took a dozen warriors and hastened to the dungeons beneath the palace.
Page 154
Beside the door a great crew of men had been laboring to pierce the wall, but they had scarcely scratched the flint-like surface, and now most of them lay in the last sleep from which not even air would awaken them.