the refrain of a low, weird chant. Presently those about Tarzan began
to dance to the cadence of their solemn song. They circled him slowly,
resembling in their manner of dancing a number of clumsy, shuffling
bears; but as yet they did not look at him, keeping their little eyes
fixed upon the sun.
For ten minutes or more they kept up their monotonous chant and steps,
and then suddenly, and in perfect unison, they turned toward their
victim with upraised bludgeons and emitting fearful howls, the while
they contorted their features into the most diabolical expressions,
they rushed upon him.
At the same instant a female figure dashed into the midst of the
bloodthirsty horde, and, with a bludgeon similar to their own, except
that it was wrought from gold, beat back the advancing men.
For a moment Tarzan thought that by some strange freak of fate a
miracle had saved him, but when he realized the ease with which the
girl had, single-handed, beaten off twenty gorilla-like males, and an
instant later, as he saw them again take up their dance about him while
she addressed them in a singsong monotone, which bore every evidence of
rote, he came to the conclusion that it was all but a part of the
ceremony of which he was the central figure.
After a moment or two the girl drew a knife from her girdle, and,
leaning over Tarzan, cut the bonds from his legs. Then, as the men
stopped their dance, and approached, she motioned to him to rise.
Placing the rope that had been about his legs around his neck, she led
him across the courtyard, the men following in twos.
Through winding corridors she led, farther and farther into the remoter
precincts of the temple, until they came to a great chamber in the
center of which stood an altar. Then it was that Tarzan translated the
strange ceremony that had preceded his introduction into this holy of
He had fallen into the hands of descendants of the ancient sun
worshippers. His seeming rescue by a votaress of the high priestess of
the sun had been but a part of the mimicry of their heathen
ceremony--the sun looking down upon him through the opening at the top
of the court had claimed him as his own, and the priestess had come
from the inner temple to save him from the polluting hands of
worldlings--to save him as a human offering to their flaming deity.
And had he needed further assurance as to the correctness of his theory
Even as his eyes opened and took in the scene beneath him--even in that brief instant of perception, followed reason, judgment, and decision, so rapidly one upon the heels of the other that almost simultaneously the ape-man was in mid-air, for he had seen a white-skinned creature cast in a mold similar to his own, pursued by Tarzan's hereditary enemy.Page 32
Om-at smiled.Page 46
Here Tarzan abandoned the head of In-tan, tying it to the lower branch of a tree, for he knew that it would handicap him in his ascent of the steep escarpment.Page 57
"We will never go from here.Page 81
He was an old man with close-set, cunning eyes and a cruel, thin-lipped mouth.Page 97
" A chorus of admiring and reverential "Ahs" arose from the priesthood.Page 120
To be overtaken here in the narrow confines of the black corridor where he was assured the GRYF could not see him at all would spell almost certain death and now he heard the thing approaching from behind.Page 122
Lu-don cast a surreptitious glance at the thongs hanging from the ceiling.Page 123
She weighed all these things and decided, for Lu-don's quick glance at the thongs had not gone unnoticed nor uninterpreted by her.Page 124
"Perhaps," he replied.Page 128
The warriors knew him and that on the morrow the princess was to be betrothed to Bu-lot, his son.Page 134
A moment later there filtered to the vacant corridor without a brief, gasping gurgle and again silence.Page 140
You will find Mo-sar a kind master if you do his bidding," and thinking to make a good impression on her he removed the gag from her mouth and the thongs from her wrists, knowing well that she could not escape surrounded as she was by his warriors, and presently, when they were out on the lake, she would be as safely imprisoned as though he held her behind bars.Page 143
Perhaps it will arouse suspicion that I accompany you but that we must chance.Page 155
"It is now vacant and what will hold JA and JATO will hold this stranger if he is not the Dor-ul-Otho.Page 169
However that was immaterial.Page 170
Two would raise the door quickly and the others would rush in and hurl their clubs at the prisoner.Page 193
That there were those within the room who noticed it and interpreted it was quickly apparent, through the fact that two of the priests rose and came close to him as he stood just within the doorway and each of them, as he came, returned the signal that the warrior had made.Page 202
In a moment his eyes would be above the level of the floor above.Page 215