what hath transpired shall ever pass my lips. But let me go, 'tis all
I ask, and it is useless to detain me for I cannot give what you would
have. I do not love you, nor ever can I."
Her first words had caused the red of humiliation to mottle his already
ruby visage to a semblance of purple, and now, as he attempted to rise
with dignity, he was still further covered with confusion by the fact
that his huge stomach made it necessary for him to go upon all fours
before he could rise, so that he got up much after the manner of a cow,
raising his stern high in air in a most ludicrous fashion. As he gained
his feet he saw the girl turn her head from him to hide the laughter on
"Return to thy chamber," he thundered. "I will give thee until tomorrow
to decide whether thou wilt accept Peter of Colfax as thy husband, or
take another position in his household which will bar thee for all time
from the society of thy kind."
The girl turned toward him, the laugh still playing on her lips.
"I will be wife to no buffoon; to no clumsy old clown; to no debauched,
degraded parody of a man. And as for thy other rash threat, thou hast
not the guts to put thy wishes into deeds, thou craven coward, for well
ye know that Simon de Montfort would cut out thy foul heart with his own
hand if he ever suspected thou wert guilty of speaking of such to me,
his daughter." And Bertrade de Montfort swept from the great hall, and
mounted to her tower chamber in the ancient Saxon stronghold of Colfax.
The old woman kept watch over her during the night and until late the
following afternoon, when Peter of Colfax summoned his prisoner before
him once more. So terribly had the old hag played upon the girl's fears
that she felt fully certain that the Baron was quite equal to his dire
threat, and so she had again been casting about for some means of escape
The room in which she was imprisoned was in the west tower of the
castle, fully a hundred feet above the moat, which the single embrasure
overlooked. There was, therefore, no avenue of escape in this direction.
The solitary door was furnished with huge oaken bars, and itself
composed of mighty planks of the same wood, cross barred with iron.
If she could but get the old woman out, thought Bertrade, she
The general acknowledged the salute and turned toward the girl.Page 50
Still another hour of terror passed during which the horse often raised his head to peer long and searchingly into the dark.Page 64
He saw that neither threats nor pleas would avail him and so he prepared to fight as a cornered rat fights for its life with all the maniacal rage, cunning, and ferocity that the first law of nature imparts to many beasts.Page 66
Acquaintances he numbered by the hundreds; but of friends he had few.Page 76
The main body still was in plain sight, and as the frightened man voiced a piercing shriek of terror, they looked back to see his body rise as though by magic straight into the air and disappear amidst the leafy foliage above.Page 83
That her life was equally in.Page 101
" Tarzan smiled.Page 119
" They followed him to the boma where he cut several pieces of meat from the carcass for them, retaining a joint for himself.Page 125
" The girl put the question to Usanga, who, degraded, cunning, and entirely unprincipled, was always perfectly willing to promise anything whether he had any intentions of fulfilling his promises or not, and so immediately assented to the proposition.Page 135
Twenty feet above the running ape-man soared the huge plane.Page 137
His face was close beside Bertha Kircher's, and at the top of his voice, above the noise of propeller, engine and exhaust, he screamed a few words of instruction into her ear.Page 169
Nor had he long to wait before his judgment was confirmed by the appearance of a man who halted in the trail directly behind the first lion that Tarzan.Page 180
Many they passed showed the greatest surprise and curiosity in the prisoners, and often made inquiries of the guards, which the two assumed must have been in relation to themselves, while others appeared not to notice them at all.Page 184
For the moment they had been entirely unconscious of their surroundings and now as she looked at their captors she saw that they had fallen again into their almost habitual manner of stolid indifference, and at a gesture from one of them the march was resumed as though no untoward incident had occurred.Page 191
The old woman crossed the room and stopped before her, raising her weak and watery eyes to the fresh young face of the newcomer.Page 213
He at last decided that it would do no harm to investigate beyond the room, that he might have some idea as how best to plan his escape after dark.Page 216
In the center of the room lay a blood-stained rug which the girl quickly gathered up and draped over a piece of furniture in such a way that the stain was hidden.Page 223
But how about the girl?" "I haven't seen her," replied the Englishman, "since we were brought here.Page 237
Smith-Oldwick could not fire for fear of hitting the ape-man when suddenly to his dismay he saw Tarzan's weapon fly from his grasp as the Xujan warrior neatly disarmed his opponent.Page 239
If they go beyond the forest in the daytime they usually wait until the dawn of another day before they return, as they fear to pass through the country of the black lions after dark.