Tarzan of the Apes

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...Tarzan of the Apes


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs




CONTENTS

...

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...a man long dead, and the
records of the Colonial Office dovetail perfectly with the narrative...

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...he
had been married to the Hon. Alice Rutherford for scarce a three
months, and it was...

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...in the history of
man.

Two sailors were washing down the decks of the Fuwalda, the first...

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...to rise. The big fellow, who was known among his mates
as Black Michael, tried...

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...ship for desiring to go back in the direction from which
he had just come!

What if...

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...am almost
prompted to 'keep a still tongue in my 'ead.' Whatever they do now they
will...

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... "And if you have been interfering
again with the discipline of this ship, or meddling...

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...wished for them and them alone is most
sinister."

"What are we to do, John?" asked his...

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...of the ship.

Two of their number had gone down before the captain's revolver. They
lay...

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...of the vessel. With equal heartlessness they
disposed of their own dead and dying.

Presently one...

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...to determine if the Fuwalda could be safely worked through
the entrance.

In about an hour they...

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...gover'ment learns about where ye be; for the life of
me I couldn't tell 'em exactly...

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...the small boats, having filled the ship's casks with fresh water,
were pushed out toward the...

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...stone and bone, surely that may we
accomplish also."

"Ah, John, I wish that I might be...

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...on two occasions they had
seen their little simian neighbors come screaming and chattering from
the near-by...

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...screams, or the
stealthy moving of great bodies beneath them.




Chapter III

Life and Death


Morning found them but...

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...constant dread of attack by wild beasts and the ever
growing loneliness, they were not uncomfortable...

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...an alarm to his wife to run in and close the great
door in case the...

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...bulk rolled
inertly upon the turf before him--the ape was dead. The bullet had
done its...

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...and bamboo
covered the windows, and, most arduous task of all, with his meager
assortment of tools...

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...tired apathy born of long sorrow
and hopelessness, which even this cruel blow could scarcely awake...

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...nor did Kerchak
attempt to molest her. With the death of the babe his fit...

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...of command to them to follow him, set off toward the
sea.

They traveled for the most...

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...sudden start and faced them.

The sight that met his eyes must have frozen him with...

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...who, through ignorance or rashness,
had attacked the wonderful white ape that had borne it.

Deep in...

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...distance from the cabin and
discovered that he still held the rifle, he dropped it as...

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...a year from the time the little fellow came into her
possession before he would walk...

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...to swing from branch to
branch after the manner of his giant mother, and as he...

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...it with the beautiful broad
nostrils of his companion. Such a generous nose! Why...

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...an instant, but that instant was quite
long enough to prove his undoing.

Not so, however, with...

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...great apes swung rapidly and majestically
through the trees toward the scene of tragedy.

In the lead...

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...his youthful career.

Tarzan on his part never lost an opportunity to show that he fully
reciprocated...

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...upon the roof,
peer down the black depths of the chimney in vain endeavor to solve...

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...long dead day did
little Tarzan give but passing heed. His wild jungle life had...

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...letters of the alphabet, and he was over ten years old.

Of course he had never...

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...no match for the great thing which confronted him. And
since reason showed him that...

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...brilliant rays penetrated to earth, but for the most
part they only served to accentuate the...

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...of
complaint passed his tight set lips, though the pain of his wounds was
excruciating.

A portion of...

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...what caused it to
hold the door, and by what means it released at his touch.

He...

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... A BOY AND A DOG


There they were, the three...

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...arranged in proper order with great ease
because of the frequency with which he had perused...

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...more comfortable
to take mates from their own tribe, or if they captured one of another
tribe...

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...forebears danced out the rites of the
Dum-Dum to the sound of their earthen drums, beneath...

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...ears and raised heads,
to listen to the dull booming that betokened the Dum-Dum of the...

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...the noise of the drums ceased, the female drummers scampering
hurriedly through the line of dancers...

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...young,
hoping to hide himself among them. Tublat, however, was close upon his
heels, so that...

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...breast. Like
lightning the blows fell, and only ceased when Tarzan felt the limp
form crumple...

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...a
tossed pebble.

But into the mind of Tarzan a great plan sprang. He had killed...

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...blackness,
showed wildly waving branches, whipping streamers and bending trunks.

Now and again some ancient patriarch of...

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...had it been
Sabor who had thus dragged him from his perch the outcome might have
been...

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...have budged her.

The lioness was now back in the path where she could see the...

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...was Sabor, the lioness, and quick were Numa and Sheeta, but
Tarzan of the Apes was...

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...ivory. In the rear were a hundred warriors, similar in
all respects to the advance...

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...westward, and climbing into the fork of a great tree he
fashioned a rude platform and...

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...long distance, but
finally one by one they abandoned the chase and returned to the scene
of...

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...ever made, but much larger than his.
His heart beat fast. Could it be that...

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...and in the center of the trail he built a fire, cooking
and eating as much...

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...neighbors, yet as
often recovered as not.

No, there was something mysterious connected with these tiny slivers...

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...and ere
the king's son had taken a half dozen steps into the clearing a quick
noose...

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...to the trees again.




Chapter X

The Fear-Phantom


From a lofty perch Tarzan viewed the village of thatched...

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...naked children running and playing in the village street.
There were women grinding dried plantain in...

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... Now and
again he would point to something on the ground before him.

The village was...

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...sprang across the opening to the pile of arrows.
Gathering up all he could carry under...

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...he had but a vague conception.

The sun was high in the heavens. Tarzan had...

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...script, so he put them back in the box with the photograph
and turned his attention...

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...the gates were thrown open to admit
them, and then, as the people saw the victim...

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...with which they tortured the still conscious
prisoner.

Then it was that Tarzan of the Apes saw...

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...with water and placing over a number of fires near the stake
where the dying victim...

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...he had
been rooting beneath, he saw Sabor, the lioness, standing in the center
of the trail...

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...on smaller
animals. When the task was finished he carried his trophy to the fork
of...

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...rounded with huge muscles. The back of his
short neck was as a single lump...

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...of
the straining beast were scarce an inch from Tarzan's throat when, with
a shuddering tremor, the...

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...periodic disappearance of their arrows, and the
strange pranks perpetrated by unseen hands, had wrought them...

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...bodies from
a high tree into the village street during the still watches of the
night.

These various...

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...they understand aught of the many strange and wonderful
dreams that passed through the active brain...

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...for
the female was not his, but belonged to a poor old ape whose fighting
days were...

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...design.

But when, finally, he realized that his antagonist was fastened to him
where his teeth and...

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...you are satisfied?"

"HUH," said the ape.

Tarzan let him up, and in a few minutes all...

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...he collected the various arm and leg ornaments
he had taken from the black warriors who...

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...suddenly he came face to face with a black
warrior.

The look of surprise on the savage...

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...panic,
but wise old Mbonga affected to feel considerable skepticism regarding
the tale, and attributed the whole...

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...in which is a quantity of food, and beside it a quiver
of well-daubed arrows.

When Tarzan...

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...it always between himself and the
ship.

Slipping in at the door he found that everything had...

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...the jungle and then
toward the cursing band of sailors who were removing the bales and
boxes...

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...OF THE APES.


"Who the devil is Tarzan?" cried the sailor who had before spoken.

"He evidently...

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...his notice, and
while he could understand nothing of the spoken language of these
strange people their...

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...ape friend is a friend indeed.

"By jove, where are your father and Mr. Philander? ...

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...the son of the then Lord Greystoke strode into the
dense jungle.

Every few moments he called...

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...eventualities which might lie before
herself and her friends in this ill-fated cabin, the haunt of
mysterious,...

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...black woman, she was evidently connected in
some way to the girl, and so he liked...

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...the sound of that bloodcurdling shriek from above,
tested Clayton's courage to the limit; but he...

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...breath of the brute on his face as the
great paw crushed down upon his breast!

For...

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...the strange figure which had vanquished it stood erect upon the
carcass, and throwing back the...

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...no
alternative open but to accompany his captor, and thus they traveled
slowly through the jungle while...

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...mass.

For what seemed an eternity the great brute stood with its forepaws
upon the sill, glaring...

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...some two hundred and eighty pounds, and her extreme
haste, added to her extreme corpulency, produced...

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...revolver with Jane,
together with the overwrought condition of his nerves, made him
morbidly positive that she...

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...sounds of Sabor's efforts to force her way
through the lattice, and it seemed to Clayton...

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...at Tarzan's hip; but the man
would not understand, and Tarzan did not dare release his...

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...was gone.

Clayton called several times, but there was no reply, and so the two
returned to...

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...the possibilities you suggest. Moslemism
was, is, and always will be, a blight on that...

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... The lion also had
quickened his gait, and was doggedly maintaining an unvarying distance
behind them.

"He...

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...upward to safety just as the baffled Numa,
with a roar, leaped to recover his vanishing...

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...heart to the other.

They did not speak for some minutes. The lion below them...

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...he murmured.

"Thank God, Professor," whispered Mr. Philander, fervently, "you are
not dead, then?"

"Tut, tut, Mr. Philander,...

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...they had recently come.

"I think it the better part of discretion to follow him," said...

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...grasped his friend's arm and hastened him forward in the
direction of the cabin.

It was a...

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..."what does this mean? Here are the
names of some of your own people in...

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...that she was created to be protected, and that he was created
to protect her.

He wondered...

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...large
last night. Oh, Miss Jane, you don't know what I have to contend with."

"Yes,...

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...dozen
sailors bent to the oars and pulled rapidly toward the point where
Tarzan crouched in the...

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...work? Your shoulder's not hurt so all-fired bad as
that," said Tarrant, the sailor who...

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...cruel than the beasts of the
jungle! How fortunate was he who lived in the...

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...the Apes had a man's figure and a man's brain, but he was an
ape by...

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...she rearranged.

Then she loosened the soft mass of golden hair which crowned her head.
Like a...

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...rapidly, and, but for an
exceptional word now and again, he found it very plain sailing.

Here...

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...they buried well up on the island, and for three years they lived
there in constant...

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...skeptical as I.

Well, to make a long story short, we found the island and the
treasure--a...

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...god-like white man tanned to
a dusky brown, with the strength of a wild elephant, the...

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...and he did.

The next morning Jane found her missing letter in the exact spot from
which...

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...Philander at his elbow, urging him to turn his steps back before
the two became again...

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...men, plunged into the
jungle, calling the girl's name aloud. For half an hour they...

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...the silence. His tones were no longer
those of the erudite pedant theorizing upon the...

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...torn by continual strife and discord. Terkoz
proved a cruel and capricious king, so that,...

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...them.
This hairless white ape would be the first of his new household, and so
he threw...

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...not more than a speck of moisture.

Again, a minute bit of bark has been upturned...

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...who pursued him, he jumped to the
conclusion that this was Tarzan's woman, since they were...

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...She turned
upon him like a tigress, striking his great breast with her tiny hands.

Tarzan could...

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...and forth above him.

But still the vessels continued to stand out; and he had given...

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...cruise up and down the coast for several weeks, and had
about forgotten the incident of...

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...and the
burial of his body above the treasure chest.

It seems that the pursuit by the...

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...jungle searching for Jane Porter, where the noise of their own
crashing through the underbrush would...

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...her lids and look upon that noble face so close to hers to
dissipate the last...

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...grass where Tarzan had placed her, and as she looked up at his
great figure towering...

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...commenced to dawn upon
her the realization that she had, possibly, learned something else
which she had...

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...ear, and with more branches and more leaves he
closed one end of the little shelter...

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...puzzled bewilderment in
his eyes as she glanced up at him. He seemed to be...

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...aristocratic birth, the natural outcropping of many generations of
fine breeding, an hereditary instinct of graciousness...

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...the heart
of this savage African jungle. Even the lions and panthers had no
fears for...

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...jungle
grass and pointed out the little cabin to her.

She took him by the hand to...

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...custom, she fainted.

Mr. Philander cast a frightened glance behind him.

Horrors! The thing was quite...

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...after pushing on for a
short distance further one of the men discovered a well-marked trail.

It...

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...a
huge fire in the center of the clearing to give them light to work by.

When...

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...they reached the center of the village. There D'Arnot was
bound securely to the great...

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...in
time to do more than avenge.

On he sped. Night had fallen and he traveled...

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...the forest, D'Arnot felt an icy shiver run
along his spine, as though death had risen...

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...since they had been cast upon this hideous and
adventurous shore.

Professor Porter strove manfully to suppress...

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...in the face of the love of these two men
and the terrible suffering they had...

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...You do not know him as I do. I
tell you that he is a...

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...of the skirmish of the previous
expedition shortly after noon, for they were now traveling a...

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...find. They questioned the prisoners by
signs, and finally one of the sailors who had...

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...may come to us."

Clayton did not reply, but within him rose a new respect for...

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...went high.

"There could be but one suitable reply to your assertion, Mr. Clayton,"
she said icily,...

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...world is filled with sorrow."

"Gaberelle!" screamed Esmeralda, sitting up. "What is it now? ...

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...back was turned toward him, but, tanned though it
was, D'Arnot saw that it was the...

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...apes who were
Kerchak's; and a little of the languages of Tantor, the elephant, and
Numa, the...

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...three days he was in delirium, and Tarzan sat beside him and bathed
his head and...

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...again.

It had been hard for him to remain with the Frenchman all these days
for that...

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...mostly American.

"They must intend returning," thought D'Arnot.

He walked over to the table that John Clayton...

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...the cabin door. He was very nervous. Even brave men,
and D'Arnot was a...

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...saved the lives of every member of my father's party is the other.

"He left me...

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...hand she maintains that the continued
absence of your omnipotent jungle friend indicates that D'Arnot is
still...

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...monster as a bull might charge a
grizzly--absolutely without sign of fear or hesitation--you would have
believed...

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...or brave man; but the other night as
we lay in the jungle there after poor...

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...while yet a hundred feet
separated them.

Clayton shook his head.

"Gone," he said, as he neared the...

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...would return no more.

In spite of herself she began to entertain doubts and fears. ...

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...the man's
heart. To his joy he heard its steady beating beneath.

Carefully he lifted Tarzan...

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...seven days for him to return.

Tell him, also, that in my home in America, in...

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...America, Tarzan smiled and
laid his palm upon the page, spanning the great ocean that lay...

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...saw no signs of natives nor were they molested by wild beasts.
Their journey was a...

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...human race has escaped annihilation all these ages which you
tell me about. Why, Sabor,...

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...a language other than English.
Possibly you can read it."

Tarzan fished the little black diary from...

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...I have thought much of late of the
possibility of that cabin having been my birthplace....

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...Tarzan of the Apes
would have felt cold lead once again had not D'Arnot cried loudly...

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...leave, which
had been granted.

He had also cabled his bankers for funds, and the enforced wait...

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...because one has
met a cowardly white.

"There is as much individuality among the lower orders, gentlemen,...

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...edge of the settlement, so
that if I do not return before daylight I shall have...

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...cry of his savage tribe.

For a moment Tarzan stood irresolute, swayed by conflicting emotions of
loyalty...

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...these men--men accustomed
to hunting big game.

Incidentally, he had won ten thousand francs, for D'Arnot insisted...

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...an individual change only in size, except
as injuries alter the loops and whorls. But...

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...impressions are distinct."

D'Arnot drew a little black book from his pocket and commenced turning
the pages.

Tarzan...

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...be but a matter of a
few days."

"I had hoped to know at once," said D'Arnot....

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...asked Canler.

"She said she was not ready to marry anyone yet," replied Professor
Porter, "and that...

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...voice. "Buying me for a few paltry dollars? Of
course you do, Robert Canler,...

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...house, had undergone a complete transformation during
the three weeks that Clayton and Mr. Philander had...

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...murder in
his heart it was William Cecil Clayton, Lord Greystoke, when, a week
later, Robert Canler...

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...bound was at the side of the sleeping man.

Shaking him roughly by the shoulder, he...

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...the forest fire seemed, and as she hastened
onward her alarm became almost a panic when...

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...if it were but the same man who had borne her so swiftly through
the tangled...

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... I cannot answer you, Tarzan of the Apes,"
she cried.

"You have answered. Now, tell...

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...answer," he said. "Do you shrink from wounding me?"

"I do not know what answer...

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...distant
chugging of an approaching automobile caught their attention.

Mr. Philander, who was sitting near the window,...

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...be played with no longer. I have
the license and here is the preacher. ...

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...the past few minutes.

"Before we go further, sir, I should like an explanation of the...

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...this
direction."

This announcement broke up further conversation, and the entire party
went out to the waiting automobiles.

Clayton,...

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...point to this young English nobleman, whose
love she knew to be of the sort a...

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...make a terrible mistake, she had
made a worse one.

And then she told him all--told him...

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...you for all you've done for
us. It seems as though you had your hands...