fellows? I like to fight, but there is
plenty of fighting which is legitimate, and what good may all my stolen
wealth avail me if I may not enter the haunts of men to spend it? Should
I stick my head into London town, it would doubtless stay there, held by
a hempen necklace.
"What quarrel have I with the King or the gentry? They have quarrel
enough with me it is true, but, nathless, I do not know why I should
have hated them so before I was old enough to know how rotten they
really are. So it seems to me that I am but the instrument of an old
man's spite, not even knowing the grievance to the avenging of which my
life has been dedicated by another.
"And at times, Father Claude, as I grow older, I doubt much that the
nameless old man of Torn is my father, so little do I favor him, and
never in all my life have I heard a word of fatherly endearment or felt
a caress, even as a little child. What think you, Father Claude?"
"I have thought much of it, my son," answered the priest. "It has ever
been a sore puzzle to me, and I have my suspicions, which I have held
for years, but which even the thought of so frightens me that I shudder
to speculate upon the consequences of voicing them aloud. Norman of
Torn, if you are not the son of the old man you call father, may God
forfend that England ever guesses your true parentage. More than this, I
dare not say except that, as you value your peace of mind and your life,
keep your visor down and keep out of the clutches of your enemies."
"Then you know why I should keep my visor down?"
"I can only guess, Norman of Torn, because I have seen another whom you
The conversation was interrupted by a commotion from without; the sound
of horses' hoofs, the cries of men and the clash of arms. In an instant,
both men were at the tiny unglazed window. Before them, on the highroad,
five knights in armor were now engaged in furious battle with a party of
ten or a dozen other steel-clad warriors, while crouching breathless on
her palfry, a young woman sat a little apart from the contestants.
Presently, one of the knights detached himself from the melee and rode
to her side with some word of command, at the same time grasping
roughly at her bridle rein. The girl raised her riding whip
Cheating, murdering, lying, fighting, and all for things that the beasts of the jungle would not deign to possess--money to purchase the effeminate pleasures of weaklings.Page 22
Tarzan explained briefly, but when he turned to the woman for confirmation of his statement he was appalled by her reply.Page 23
When the police gathered themselves together and reached the street their prisoner was nowhere to be seen.Page 25
I can explain it to them once for you, and that I shall do this very day, but hereafter you must obey the law.Page 37
"At the German ambassador's.Page 46
On Tarzan's face was a pathetic expression of disappointment.Page 50
Here he became acquainted with many of the French officers, and soon became a favorite among them.Page 59
Cautiously Tarzan lowered himself to the sill of the girl's window.Page 60
Thus, seven guns strong, they entertained little fear of attack by day, and if all went well they should reach Bou Saada before nightfall.Page 61
During the occasional halts for rest, and at the longer halt at noon, they approached no closer.Page 67
On several occasions Tarzan saw the mysterious Arab, and once again he had been exchanging words with Lieutenant Gernois; but no amount of espionage or shadowing by Tarzan revealed the Arab's lodgings, the location of which Tarzan was anxious to ascertain.Page 75
When they had come out of the mountains they turned toward the south, and about daylight came to the spot where their horses stood in care of two of their number.Page 101
No, you must not censure yourself.Page 115
As he stalked the unconscious man, new thoughts presented themselves to the ape-man--thoughts born of the refining influences of civilization, and of its cruelties.Page 124
Tarzan knew that few native tribes ever attempted it, and the fact that his tribe did so gave him no little pride--already he was commencing to think of himself as a member of the little community.Page 131
Three times the Arabs started across the clearing in the direction from which they thought the arrows came, but each time another arrow would come from behind to take its toll from among their number.Page 172
Thuran, down with an attack of jungle fever, lay in the shelter among the branches of their tree of refuge.Page 182
He found Monsieur Thuran quite rational, the fever having left him with the surprising suddenness which is one of its peculiarities.Page 206
She extended her arms toward him across the body of the dead man, and took his hands in hers.