more than likely
throw me headforemost into the avenue. No, it cannot be, though I
thank you for the offer. Why, if Zat Arras even dreamed that I
contemplated such a thing he would have my heart cut out of me."
"There can be no harm in it, my boy," I urged. "By night you may go to
my palace with a note from me to Carthoris, my son. You may read the
note before you deliver it, that you may know that it contains nothing
harmful to Zat Arras. My son will be discreet, and so none but us
three need know. It is very simple, and such a harmless act that it
could be condemned by no one."
Again he stood silently in deep thought.
"And there is a jewelled short-sword which I took from the body of a
northern Jeddak. When you get the harness, see that Carthoris gives
you that also. With it and the harness which you may select there will
be no more handsomely accoutred warrior in all Zodanga.
"Bring writing materials when you come next to my cell, and within a
few hours we shall see you garbed in a style befitting your birth and
Still in thought, and without speaking, he turned and left me. I could
not guess what his decision might be, and for hours I sat fretting over
the outcome of the matter.
If he accepted a message to Carthoris it would mean to me that
Carthoris still lived and was free. If the youth returned wearing the
harness and the sword, I would know that Carthoris had received my note
and that he knew that I still lived. That the bearer of the note was a
Zodangan would be sufficient to explain to Carthoris that I was a
prisoner of Zat Arras.
It was with feelings of excited expectancy which I could scarce hide
that I heard the youth's approach upon the occasion of his next regular
visit. I did not speak beyond my accustomed greeting of him. As he
placed the food upon the floor by my side he also deposited writing
materials at the same time.
My heart fairly bounded for joy. I had won my point. For a moment I
looked at the materials in feigned surprise, but soon I permitted an
expression of dawning comprehension to come into my face, and then,
picking them up, I penned a brief order to Carthoris to deliver to
Parthak a harness of his selection and the short-sword
The mother and tutor both rushed toward the window but before they had crossed half the room the boy had leaped nimbly to the sill and entered the apartment with them.Page 11
In his frenzy of terror he managed to roll off the bed.Page 20
Then I can take Ajax to Dover, you see, and arrive at school only a day late.Page 22
Finally they gave up their secret, and the boy.Page 59
Akut had taught him to fight as the bull ape fights, nor ever was there a teacher better fitted to instruct in the savage warfare of primordial man, or a pupil better equipped to profit by the lessons of a master.Page 60
Half-erect, the great ape shuffled into the full glare of the moon.Page 79
Poor food was this to nourish the mental appetite of a girl just upon the brink of womanhood.Page 89
Great was the excitement and hot was the rage of the men when they learned that the white devil had again entered their homes, frightened their women and stolen arrows and ornaments and food.Page 116
"She will be glad to welcome you.Page 125
misery until a new day had come.Page 127
Meriem spoke English fluently now, and read and wrote it as well.Page 142
"Since Kovudoo deserted his country I rather doubt that one could find a native in that direction under two or three hundred miles.Page 154
Bwana stepped from the verandah to his study, where he found the Hon.Page 159
Baynes spurred to meet her.Page 168
His knowledge presently led him to believe that he had been purposely abandoned.Page 177
And now from Malbihn's tent she heard a great cursing.Page 193
He saw two spots of flame a short distance from and above him.Page 213
run for it.Page 216
The ape-man, recognizing the girl's voice, felt a sudden lump in his throat.Page 224
"How long have you known it?" he asked, a trifle accusingly.