grass where Tarzan had placed her, and as she looked up at his
great figure towering above her, there was added a strange sense of
As she watched him from beneath half-closed lids, Tarzan crossed the
little circular clearing toward the trees upon the further side. She
noted the graceful majesty of his carriage, the perfect symmetry of his
magnificent figure and the poise of his well-shaped head upon his broad
What a perfect creature! There could be naught of cruelty or baseness
beneath that godlike exterior. Never, she thought had such a man
strode the earth since God created the first in his own image.
With a bound Tarzan sprang into the trees and disappeared. Jane
wondered where he had gone. Had he left her there to her fate in the
She glanced nervously about. Every vine and bush seemed but the
lurking-place of some huge and horrible beast waiting to bury gleaming
fangs into her soft flesh. Every sound she magnified into the stealthy
creeping of a sinuous and malignant body.
How different now that he had left her!
For a few minutes that seemed hours to the frightened girl, she sat
with tense nerves waiting for the spring of the crouching thing that
was to end her misery of apprehension.
She almost prayed for the cruel teeth that would give her
unconsciousness and surcease from the agony of fear.
She heard a sudden, slight sound behind her. With a cry she sprang to
her feet and turned to face her end.
There stood Tarzan, his arms filled with ripe and luscious fruit.
Jane reeled and would have fallen, had not Tarzan, dropping his burden,
caught her in his arms. She did not lose consciousness, but she clung
tightly to him, shuddering and trembling like a frightened deer.
Tarzan of the Apes stroked her soft hair and tried to comfort and quiet
her as Kala had him, when, as a little ape, he had been frightened by
Sabor, the lioness, or Histah, the snake.
Once he pressed his lips lightly upon her forehead, and she did not
move, but closed her eyes and sighed.
She could not analyze her feelings, nor did she wish to attempt it.
She was satisfied to feel the safety of those strong arms, and to leave
her future to fate; for the last few hours had taught her to trust this
strange wild creature of the forest as she would have trusted but few
of the men of her acquaintance.
As she thought of the strangeness of it, there
Close by was an Arab douar of some eight or ten tents.Page 11
Again Perry shook his head.Page 13
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.Page 15
Behind them trailed long, slender tails which they used in climbing quite as much as they did either their hands or feet.Page 18
I had no more than entered the dark shadows of the interior than there fell upon my ears the tones of a familiar voice, in prayer.Page 20
Already I was puzzled to compute the period of time which had elapsed since we broke through the crust of the inner world.Page 26
I longed to see this wondrous race of supermen.Page 27
"David," he remarked, after we had marched for a long time beside that awful sea.Page 34
Sometimes I was not so sure but that I should have been more contented to know that Dian was here in Phutra, than to think of her at the mercy of Hooja the Sly One.Page 42
But for Perry and Ghak I should have leaped to the floor of the arena and shared whatever fate lay in store for this priceless treasure of the Stone Age.Page 43
There ensued a battle royal which for sustained and frightful ferocity transcends the power of imagination or description.Page 46
I have no idea, of course, how long it took me to reach the limit of the plain, but at last I entered the foothills, following a pretty little canyon upward toward the mountains.Page 53
All about the village, between it and the jungle, lay beautifully cultivated fields in which the Mezops raised such cereals, fruits, and vegetables as they required.Page 58
Directly below me the water lapped the very side of the wall, there being a break in the bowlders at this point as there was at several other places about the side of the temple.Page 67
Among us there is the best of hunting and fishing, and you shall have, to choose a mate from, the most beautiful girls of Pellucidar.Page 74
"Why man, I have but just returned from the arena! You reached here almost as soon as I.Page 89
Whatever it was, it was coming slowly toward the entrance of the cave, and now, deep and forbidding, it uttered a low and ominous growl.Page 95
"But at last one of Jubal's hunters saw me as I was creeping toward my father's cave to see if my brother had yet returned and he gave the alarm and Jubal set out after me.Page 113
Nor can I believe that, since all my people were loyal to me and would have made short work of Hooja had he suggested the heartless scheme, even had he had time to acquaint another with it.Page 114
It varied but little from the former one which had brought us from the outer to the inner world.