him, but more often he rode alone.
On one occasion, he chanced upon a hut at the outskirts of a small
hamlet not far from Torn and, with the curiosity of boyhood, determined
to enter and have speech with the inmates, for by this time the natural
desire for companionship was commencing to assert itself. In all his
life, he remembered only the company of the old man, who never spoke
except when necessity required.
The hut was occupied by an old priest, and as the boy in armor pushed
in, without the usual formality of knocking, the old man looked up with
an expression of annoyance and disapproval.
"What now," he said, "have the King's men respect neither for piety nor
age that they burst in upon the seclusion of a holy man without so much
as a 'by your leave'?"
"I am no king's man," replied the boy quietly, "I am Norman of Torn, who
has neither a king nor a god, and who says 'by your leave' to no man.
But I have come in peace because I wish to talk to another than my
father. Therefore you may talk to me, priest," he concluded with haughty
"By the nose of John, but it must be a king has deigned to honor me with
his commands," laughed the priest. "Raise your visor, My Lord, I
would fain look upon the countenance from which issue the commands of
The priest was a large man with beaming, kindly eyes, and a round jovial
face. There was no bite in the tones of his good-natured retort, and so,
smiling, the boy raised his visor.
"By the ear of Gabriel," cried the good father, "a child in armor!"
"A child in years, mayhap," replied the boy, "but a good child to own as
a friend, if one has enemies who wear swords."
"Then we shall be friends, Norman of Torn, for albeit I have few
enemies, no man has too many friends, and I like your face and your
manner, though there be much to wish for in your manners. Sit down and
eat with me, and I will talk to your heart's content, for be there one
other thing I more love than eating, it is talking."
With the priest's aid, the boy laid aside his armor, for it was heavy
and uncomfortable, and together the two sat down to the meal that was
already partially on the board.
Thus began a friendship which lasted during the lifetime of the good
priest. Whenever he could do so, Norman of Torn visited his friend,
Father Claude. It
It was rather in the hope of witnessing something of the kind that he now followed the warriors back toward their village, but in this he was disappointed, for there was no dance that night.Page 14
Tarzan watched the blacks lolling in the shade.Page 26
He could imagine the feel of soft flesh beneath his fingers and the sinking of his white teeth into the throats of his foemen.Page 35
Teeka, seeing him coming, and thinking that he was after her or her balu, bristled and prepared to fight.Page 39
The ape-man, upright upon a slender, swaying limb, raised his bronzed face to the.Page 40
Tarzan is derived from the two ape words TAR and ZAN, meaning white skin.Page 49
The apes were astir in search of food.Page 50
It was the wail of a tiny balu.Page 64
He feared the jungle days with their long excursions through the dizzy tree tops.Page 75
"Go," he said, "back to the village of Mbonga, and Tarzan will follow to see that no harm befalls you.Page 83
The hyenas, snarling, rushed past him and were lost to view in the blackness of the interior.Page 93
will show you some magic of her own," and with that she seized upon a broken limb and struck Rabba Kega across the head.Page 102
There was a mighty heave of the great, smooth-skinned body.Page 118
Tarzan was, of course, unaccustomed to cooked food.Page 122
Here, with all the world shut out from him, he could dream without fear of interruption.Page 128
The sentinels, now from habit become a fixed tribal custom, either relaxed their vigilance or entirely deserted their posts, as the whim seized them.Page 143
Blood streamed down their sides--their faces were crimsoned with it.Page 155
At first it made him smile a little and then look dubious, for he still retained a vivid.Page 160
12 Tarzan Rescues the Moon THE MOON SHONE down out of a cloudless sky--a huge, swollen moon that seemed so close to earth that one might wonder that she did not brush the crooning tree tops.Page 175
Tarzan has killed Numa.