Tarzan of the Apes

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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apes who were
Kerchak's; and a little of the languages of Tantor, the elephant, and
Numa, the lion, and of the other folks of the jungle I understand.
With a human being I have never spoken, except once with Jane Porter,
by signs. This is the first time I have spoken with another of my kind
through written words.


D'Arnot was mystified. It seemed incredible that there lived upon
earth a full-grown man who had never spoken with a fellow man, and
still more preposterous that such a one could read and write.

He looked again at Tarzan's message--"except once, with Jane Porter."
That was the American girl who had been carried into the jungle by a
gorilla.

A sudden light commenced to dawn on D'Arnot--this then was the
"gorilla." He seized the pencil and wrote:


Where is Jane Porter?


And Tarzan replied, below:


Back with her people in the cabin of Tarzan of the Apes.


She is not dead then? Where was she? What happened to her?


She is not dead. She was taken by Terkoz to be his wife; but Tarzan of
the Apes took her away from Terkoz and killed him before he could harm
her.

None in all the jungle may face Tarzan of the Apes in battle, and live.
I am Tarzan of the Apes--mighty fighter.

D'Arnot wrote:


I am glad she is safe. It pains me to write, I will rest a while.


And then Tarzan:


Yes, rest. When you are well I shall take you back to your people.


For many days D'Arnot lay upon his bed of soft ferns. The second day a
fever had come and D'Arnot thought that it meant infection and he knew
that he would die.

An idea came to him. He wondered why he had not thought of it before.

He called Tarzan and indicated by signs that he would write, and when
Tarzan had fetched the bark and pencil, D'Arnot wrote:


Can you go to my people and lead them here? I will write a message
that you may take to them, and they will follow you.


Tarzan shook his head and taking the bark, wrote:


I had thought of that--the first day; but I dared not. The great apes
come often to this spot, and if they found you here, wounded and alone,
they would kill you.


D'Arnot turned on his side and closed his eyes. He did not wish to
die; but he felt that he was going, for the fever was mounting higher
and higher. That night he lost consciousness.

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