THE MONSTER MEN
Edgar Rice Burroughs
1 THE RIFT
2 THE HEAVY CHEST
3 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
4 A NEW FACE
6 TO KILL!
7 THE BULL WHIP
8 THE SOUL OF NUMBER 13
9 INTO SAVAGE BORNEO
10 DESPERATE CHANCE
11 "I AM COMING!"
13 BURIED TREASURE
14 MAN OR MONSTER?
15 TOO LATE
16 SING SPEAKS
17 999 PRISCILLA
As he dropped the last grisly fragment of the dismembered and mutilated
body into the small vat of nitric acid that was to devour every trace
of the horrid evidence which might easily send him to the gallows, the
man sank weakly into a chair and throwing his body forward upon his
great, teak desk buried his face in his arms, breaking into dry,
Beads of perspiration followed the seams of his high, wrinkled
forehead, replacing the tears which might have lessened the pressure
upon his overwrought nerves. His slender frame shook, as with ague,
and at times was racked by a convulsive shudder. A sudden step upon
the stairway leading to his workshop brought him trembling and wide
eyed to his feet, staring fearfully at the locked and bolted door.
Although he knew perfectly well whose the advancing footfalls were, he
was all but overcome by the madness of apprehension as they came softly
nearer and nearer to the barred door. At last they halted before it,
to be followed by a gentle knock.
"Daddy!" came the sweet tones of a girl's voice.
The man made an effort to take a firm grasp upon himself that no
tell-tale evidence of his emotion might be betrayed in his speech.
"Daddy!" called the girl again, a trace of anxiety in her voice this
time. "What IS the matter with you, and what ARE you doing? You've
been shut up in that hateful old room for three days now without a
morsel to eat, and in all likelihood without a wink of sleep. You'll
kill yourself with your stuffy old experiments."
The man's face softened.
"Don't worry about me, sweetheart," he replied in a well controlled
voice. "I'll soon be through now--soon be through--and then we'll go
away for a long vacation--for a long vacation."
"I'll give you until noon, Daddy," said the girl in a voice which
carried a more strongly defined tone of authority than her father's
soft drawl, "and
"I did not realize, I could not realize for a long time afterward, that any woman could sink to such moral depravity as that one must have to call a would-be rescuer to death.Page 28
The footman who opened the door raised his eyebrows in recognition as he saw who stood without.Page 41
"I understand that Monsieur Rokoff has a story for me.Page 44
The first law of nature compels them to cling tenaciously to life--to fight for it; but it does not teach them to fear death.Page 62
But one came too close, for Tarzan was accustomed to using his eyes in the darkness of the jungle night, than which there is no more utter darkness this side the grave, and with a cry of pain a saddle was emptied.Page 84
Had she been a man, he argued, he should not have hesitated, for it would have meant a friend after his own heart, with whom he could ride and hunt at will; but as it was they would be hedged by the conventionalities that are even more strictly observed by the wild nomads of the desert than by their more civilized brothers and sisters.Page 86
"What you ask will take my last cent, and the only valuable military secret I hold.Page 105
There was nothing in the cabin, nor had he any weapons; but upon a wall hung one of his old grass ropes.Page 113
Beneath Tarzan walked Numa, the lion, and when the ape-man deigned to glance downward he caught occasional glimpses of the baleful green eyes following through the darkness.Page 119
"They hunted us down as one hunts a fierce beast," said Busuli.Page 120
Tarzan's eyes had been upon the ornament, but his thoughts were elsewhere.Page 122
"And so we clambered up the face of the rocky cliffs until we reached the summit, and there from a flat mountain-top we saw, not far beneath us, a shallow valley, very narrow; and upon the far side of it was a great village of stone, much of which had fallen and crumbled into decay.Page 128
" They finally assented.Page 160
At her signal the priests rushed upon the ape-man, and, lifting him bodily, laid him upon his back across the altar, his head hanging over one edge, his legs over the opposite.Page 169
To save himself from the righteous wrath of the husband of a woman he had wronged, he perjured his soul in an attempt to place the blame entirely upon her.Page 174
She bore no light, feeling with her hands along the crumbling walls until she gained the chamber.Page 187
The quick eyes of a female caught sight of him first.Page 195
And so when they led her from her dungeon, through long, dark corridors, and up a flight of concrete steps to a brilliant courtyard, she went willingly, even gladly--for was she not among the servants of God? It might be, of course, that their interpretation of the supreme being differed from her own, but that they owned a god was sufficient evidence to her that they were kind and good.Page 210
Strong is agreeable," he said, taking the bridesmaid's hand in his, "Hazel and I think it would be ripping to make it a double wedding.