The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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beach, the little brook, the dense jungle, the black, impenetrable
forest. The myriad birds in their brilliant plumage--the gorgeous
tropical blooms upon the festooned creepers falling in great loops from
the giant trees.

Tarzan of the Apes had come into his own again, and that all the world
might know it he threw back his young head, and gave voice to the
fierce, wild challenge of his tribe. For a moment silence reigned upon
the jungle, and then, low and weird, came an answering challenge--it
was the deep roar of Numa, the lion; and from a great distance,
faintly, the fearsome answering bellow of a bull ape.

Tarzan went to the brook first, and slaked his thirst. Then he
approached his cabin. The door was still closed and latched as he and
D'Arnot had left it. He raised the latch and entered. Nothing had
been disturbed; there were the table, the bed, and the little crib
built by his father--the shelves and cupboards just as they had stood
for over twenty-three years--just as he had left them nearly two years

His eyes satisfied, Tarzan's stomach began to call aloud for
attention--the pangs of hunger suggested a search for food. There was
nothing in the cabin, nor had he any weapons; but upon a wall hung one
of his old grass ropes. It had been many times broken and spliced, so
that he had discarded it for a better one long before. Tarzan wished
that he had a knife. Well, unless he was mistaken he should have that
and a spear and bows and arrows before another sun had set--the rope
would take care of that, and in the meantime it must be made to procure
food for him. He coiled it carefully, and, throwing it about his
shoulder, went out, closing the door behind him.

Close to the cabin the jungle commenced, and into it Tarzan of the Apes
plunged, wary and noiseless--once more a savage beast hunting its food.
For a time he kept to the ground, but finally, discovering no spoor
indicative of nearby meat, he took to the trees. With the first dizzy
swing from tree to tree all the old joy of living swept over him. Vain
regrets and dull heartache were forgotten. Now was he living. Now,
indeed, was the true happiness of perfect freedom his. Who would go
back to the stifling, wicked cities of civilized man when the mighty
reaches of the great jungle offered peace and liberty? Not he.


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