The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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have bound him to that other
life forever, and made the thought of this savage existence repulsive.

Tarzan slept late into the following forenoon, for he had been very
tired from the labors and exertion of the long night and day upon the
ocean, and the jungle jaunt that had brought into play muscles that he
had scarce used for nearly two years. When he awoke he ran to the
brook first to drink. Then he took a plunge into the sea, swimming
about for a quarter of an hour. Afterward he returned to his cabin,
and breakfasted off the flesh of Horta. This done, he buried the
balance of the carcass in the soft earth outside the cabin, for his
evening meal.

Once more he took his rope and vanished into the jungle. This time he
hunted nobler quarry--man; although had you asked him his own opinion
he could have named a dozen other denizens of the jungle which he
considered far the superiors in nobility of the men he hunted. Today
Tarzan was in quest of weapons. He wondered if the women and children
had remained in Mbonga's village after the punitive expedition from the
French cruiser had massacred all the warriors in revenge for D'Arnot's
supposed death. He hoped that he should find warriors there, for he
knew not how long a quest he should have to make were the village
deserted.

The ape-man traveled swiftly through the forest, and about noon came to
the site of the village, but to his disappointment found that the
jungle had overgrown the plantain fields and that the thatched huts had
fallen in decay. There was no sign of man. He clambered about among
the ruins for half an hour, hoping that he might discover some
forgotten weapon, but his search was without fruit, and so he took up
his quest once more, following up the stream, which flowed from a
southeasterly direction. He knew that near fresh water he would be
most likely to find another settlement.

As he traveled he hunted as he had hunted with his ape people in the
past, as Kala had taught him to hunt, turning over rotted logs to find
some toothsome vermin, running high into the trees to rob a bird's
nest, or pouncing upon a tiny rodent with the quickness of a cat.
There were other things that he ate, too, but the less detailed the
account of an ape's diet, the better--and Tarzan was again an ape, the
same fierce, brutal anthropoid that Kala had

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