"How many men be ye,
Roger de Conde? With raised visor, you could pass in the King's court
for the King's son; and in manner, and form, and swordsmanship, and your
visor lowered, you might easily be hanged for Norman of Torn."
"And which would it please ye most that I be?" he laughed.
"Neither," she answered, "I be satisfied with my friend, Roger de
"So ye like not the Devil of Torn?" he asked.
"He has done me a great service, and I be under monstrous obligations
to him, but he be, nathless, the Outlaw of Torn and I the daughter of an
earl and a king's sister."
"A most unbridgeable gulf indeed," commented Roger de Conde, drily. "Not
even gratitude could lead a king's niece to receive Norman of Torn on a
footing of equality."
"He has my friendship, always," said the girl, "but I doubt me if Norman
of Torn be the man to impose upon it."
"One can never tell," said Roger de Conde, "what manner of fool a man
may be. When a man's head be filled with a pretty face, what room be
there for reason?"
"Soon thou wilt be a courtier, if thou keep long at this turning of
pretty compliments," said the girl coldly; "and I like not courtiers,
nor their empty, hypocritical chatter."
The man laughed.
"If I turned a compliment, I did not know it," he said. "What I think, I
say. It may not be a courtly speech or it may. I know nothing of courts
and care less, but be it man or maid to whom I speak, I say what is in
my mind or I say nothing. I did not, in so many words, say that you are
beautiful, but I think it nevertheless, and ye cannot be angry with
my poor eyes if they deceive me into believing that no fairer woman
breathes the air of England. Nor can you chide my sinful brain that it
gladly believes what mine eyes tell it. No, you may not be angry so long
as I do not tell you all this."
Bertrade de Montfort did not know how to answer so ridiculous a
sophistry; and, truth to tell, she was more than pleased to hear from
the lips of Roger de Conde what bored her on the tongues of other men.
De Conde was the guest of the Earl of Leicester for several days, and
before his visit was terminated, the young man had so won his way into
the good graces of the family that they were loath to see him leave.
"But why, monsieur?" exclaimed the other petulantly.Page 14
Then he turned back to the stateroom and the girl.Page 19
If he smoked too many cigarettes and drank too much absinth it was because he took civilization as he found it, and did the things that he found his civilized brothers doing.Page 22
" So shocked was Tarzan by her ingratitude that for a moment he was struck dumb.Page 42
A week later on Monsieur Flaubert was announced about eleven in the morning, as D'Arnot and Tarzan were breakfasting.Page 45
He and D'Arnot stepped back a few paces to be out of the line of fire as the men paced slowly apart.Page 70
Tarzan wondered if Gernois could have revealed their destination to the Arabs.Page 71
And so it was that Lieutenant Gernois and Tarzan rode off side by side at the head of the little detachment of SPAHIS.Page 73
Now he could aim at a point between the eye and the ear.Page 82
The watching girl was transfixed by astonishment at the ease with which the crouching man eluded the great paws.Page 83
"It is because I forget," he said, "sometimes, that I am a civilized man.Page 86
"The moment I am reported dead by assassination that dear Alexis will forward to the minister of war full proof of the affair you so ardently long to conceal; and, further, will charge you with my murder.Page 119
He found that they were not cannibals--that they looked with loathing and contempt upon men who ate men.Page 137
With loud shouts and curses they aimed their guns full upon the bearers, threatening instant death to any who might lay down his load.Page 140
There is only one who has proved that he can successfully lead us against the guns of the white man, and bring us easy victory without the loss.Page 160
At the end of the line Tarzan could still hear the grumbling of the disgruntled priest.Page 178
"Opar," he mused, "Opar, the enchanted city of a dead and forgotten past.Page 196
At least he could be revenged, and in his wrath it seemed to him that he was equal to the task of wiping out the entire population of that terrible city.Page 197
But there seemed no other way, and so he turned and ran swiftly back into the passageway beyond the broken wall.Page 209
"SAPRISTI!" he cried, and before Tennington realized what he intended he had thrown his gun to his shoulder, and aiming point-blank at Tarzan pulled the trigger.