was Sabor, the lioness, and quick were Numa and Sheeta, but
Tarzan of the Apes was lightning.
With Tantor, the elephant, he made friends. How? Ask not. But this
is known to the denizens of the jungle, that on many moonlight nights
Tarzan of the Apes and Tantor, the elephant, walked together, and where
the way was clear Tarzan rode, perched high upon Tantor's mighty back.
Many days during these years he spent in the cabin of his father, where
still lay, untouched, the bones of his parents and the skeleton of
Kala's baby. At eighteen he read fluently and understood nearly all he
read in the many and varied volumes on the shelves.
Also could he write, with printed letters, rapidly and plainly, but
script he had not mastered, for though there were several copy books
among his treasure, there was so little written English in the cabin
that he saw no use for bothering with this other form of writing,
though he could read it, laboriously.
Thus, at eighteen, we find him, an English lordling, who could speak no
English, and yet who could read and write his native language. Never
had he seen a human being other than himself, for the little area
traversed by his tribe was watered by no greater river to bring down
the savage natives of the interior.
High hills shut it off on three sides, the ocean on the fourth. It was
alive with lions and leopards and poisonous snakes. Its untouched
mazes of matted jungle had as yet invited no hardy pioneer from the
human beasts beyond its frontier.
But as Tarzan of the Apes sat one day in the cabin of his father
delving into the mysteries of a new book, the ancient security of his
jungle was broken forever.
At the far eastern confine a strange cavalcade strung, in single file,
over the brow of a low hill.
In advance were fifty black warriors armed with slender wooden spears
with ends hard baked over slow fires, and long bows and poisoned
arrows. On their backs were oval shields, in their noses huge rings,
while from the kinky wool of their heads protruded tufts of gay
Across their foreheads were tattooed three parallel lines of color, and
on each breast three concentric circles. Their yellow teeth were filed
to sharp points, and their great protruding lips added still further to
the low and bestial brutishness of their appearance.
Following them were several hundred women and children, the former
bearing upon their heads great burdens of cooking pots, household
And I was quite sure that he would, for he never left an opportunity neglected where he might sandwich in a prayer.Page 4
It registered 110 degrees.Page 18
" "Perry, you are mad!" "Not at all, David.Page 25
" "What will they do with you?" I asked.Page 29
Their awesome, bestial faces were contorted in the most diabolical expressions, as they accused each other of responsibility for the loss.Page 55
Behind these came the queen, flanked by other thipdars as she had been when she entered the amphitheater at Phutra.Page 67
You shall become a member of my tribe.Page 68
He listened so intently that I thought I had made an.Page 73
" "Then be careful that you don't repeat the impossible tale you told Sol-to-to just now--another world, indeed, where human beings rule!" he concluded in fine scorn.Page 74
Upon the left shoulder of each a mark was burned--the mark of the Mahars--which will forever protect these two from slaving parties.Page 76
"It would be awful to think of living out the balance of my life without you among these hateful and repulsive creatures.Page 79
Thus disguised I found Perry and Ghak together in the chamber where we had been wont to eat and sleep.Page 84
On we went up the broad street, but now we were safe for the very numbers of our enemies that surrounded us on all sides.Page 88
It is one of the many methods in which they employ this weapon, and the accuracy of aim which they achieve, even under the most unfavorable circumstances, is little short of miraculous.Page 91
I know that I wandered for a long time, until tired and hungry I came upon a small cave in the face of the limestone formation which had taken the place of the granite farther back.Page 94
The noise I made as I landed beside her convinced the girl that the end had come, for she thought I was the dragon; but finally when no cruel fangs closed upon her she raised her eyes in astonishment.Page 95
When he comes he will kill you and carry me back to his cave.Page 100
He was so surprised and dazed that he lay there for several seconds before he made any attempt to rise, and I stood over him with another dose ready when he should gain his knees.Page 104
At last she spoke.Page 107
The plain which lies beyond the white cliffs which flank the Darel Az upon the shore nearest the Mountains of the Clouds is about as near to any direction as any Pellucidarian can come.