arranged in proper order with great ease
because of the frequency with which he had perused the fascinating
alphabet picture book.
His education progressed; but his greatest finds were in the
inexhaustible storehouse of the huge illustrated dictionary, for he
learned more through the medium of pictures than text, even after he
had grasped the significance of the bugs.
When he discovered the arrangement of words in alphabetical order he
delighted in searching for and finding the combinations with which he
was familiar, and the words which followed them, their definitions, led
him still further into the mazes of erudition.
By the time he was seventeen he had learned to read the simple, child's
primer and had fully realized the true and wonderful purpose of the
No longer did he feel shame for his hairless body or his human
features, for now his reason told him that he was of a different race
from his wild and hairy companions. He was a M-A-N, they were A-P-E-S,
and the little apes which scurried through the forest top were
M-O-N-K-E-Y-S. He knew, too, that old Sabor was a L-I-O-N-E-S-S, and
Histah a S-N-A-K-E, and Tantor an E-L-E-P-H-A-N-T. And so he learned
to read. From then on his progress was rapid. With the help of the
great dictionary and the active intelligence of a healthy mind endowed
by inheritance with more than ordinary reasoning powers he shrewdly
guessed at much which he could not really understand, and more often
than not his guesses were close to the mark of truth.
There were many breaks in his education, caused by the migratory habits
of his tribe, but even when removed from his books his active brain
continued to search out the mysteries of his fascinating avocation.
Pieces of bark and flat leaves and even smooth stretches of bare earth
provided him with copy books whereon to scratch with the point of his
hunting knife the lessons he was learning.
Nor did he neglect the sterner duties of life while following the bent
of his inclination toward the solving of the mystery of his library.
He practiced with his rope and played with his sharp knife, which he
had learned to keep keen by whetting upon flat stones.
The tribe had grown larger since Tarzan had come among them, for under
the leadership of Kerchak they had been able to frighten the other
tribes from their part of the jungle so that they had plenty to eat and
little or no loss from predatory incursions of neighbors.
Hence the younger males as they became adult found it
Thurid paid not the slightest attention to the screaming things that either menaced or pleaded with him as the mood directed them--evidently he was familiar with the horrid sights that surrounded him.Page 8
" "You shall have your way with her before another day has passed, Matai Shang," said Thurid, "if you but say the word.Page 14
The men were in earnest conversation, and from their tones it was apparent that they were entirely unaware that they had listeners.Page 15
It was worth trying anyway, for a fight might delay us considerably, or even put an end entirely to my search--better men than I have gone down before fighters of meaner ability than that possessed by the fierce thern warriors.Page 22
I walked on, however, some distance from the door before I let him have his way, that I might see precisely what he would do.Page 28
Thurid hurled a taunt at me and placed a familiar hand upon the shoulder of my princess.Page 36
The twelve great banths lay in the doorways of their lairs, eyeing him and growling ominously, but they had not disobeyed Thuvia's injunction; and I thanked the fate that had made her their keeper within the Golden Cliffs, and endowed her with the kind and sympathetic nature that had won the loyalty and affection of these fierce beasts for her.Page 38
From books and travelers I had learned something of the little-known land of Kaol, which lies along the equator almost halfway round the planet to the east of Helium.Page 44
"Only occasionally do we now run upon one.Page 49
" If Kulan Tith wondered what business brought me in a flier to the very edge of his domain he was good enough not to press me further for an explanation, which I should indeed have had difficulty in rendering.Page 85
The fellow had come into the garden to assist them to escape.Page 92
Well, what of it? Why not end my misery now rather than drag out a few more wretched days in this dark pit? Slowly I raised one of the little pellets to my lips.Page 94
Plainly now I saw the end for which Salensus Oll had destined me.Page 99
The floor of the tunnel rose rapidly as I advanced, and a moment later the way came to an abrupt end before a heavy door.Page 107
On and on they came with ever increasing velocity.Page 110
Before me were a party of perhaps fifty gorgeously clad nobles of the court, standing before a throne upon which sat Salensus Oll.Page 114
With myself ever between her enemies and herself, and with Kantos Kan and his warriors winning to the apartment, there could be no danger to Dejah Thoris standing there alone beside the throne.Page 116
REWARDS With the realization that Dejah Thoris was no longer within the throneroom came the belated recollection of the dark face that I had glimpsed peering from behind the draperies that backed the throne of Salensus Oll at the moment that I had first come so unexpectedly upon the strange scene being enacted within the chamber.Page 122
That she should be forced to witness my awful death made my bitter fate seem doubly cruel.Page 124
Of how Phaidor had sprung upon her with uplifted dagger, and of Thuvia's shriek as she had realized the foul intention of the thern goddess.