The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 166

then return alone," she said, "telling them that
I was long unconscious after you killed Tha, and that I do not know
whither you escaped."

And so she led him through winding corridors of gloom, until finally
they came to a small chamber into which a little light filtered through
a stone grating in the ceiling.

"This is the Chamber of the Dead," she said. "None will think of
searching here for you--they would not dare. I will return after it is
dark. By that time I may have found a plan to effect your escape."

She was gone, and Tarzan of the Apes was left alone in the Chamber of
the Dead, beneath the long-dead city of Opar.




Chapter 21

The Castaways


Clayton dreamed that he was drinking his fill of water, pure,
delightful drafts of fresh water. With a start he gained consciousness
to find himself wet through by torrents of rain that were falling upon
his body and his upturned face. A heavy tropical shower was beating
down upon them. He opened his mouth and drank. Presently he was so
revived and strengthened that he was enabled to raise himself upon his
hands. Across his legs lay Monsieur Thuran. A few feet aft Jane
Porter was huddled in a pitiful little heap in the bottom of the
boat--she was quite still. Clayton knew that she was dead.

After infinite labor he released himself from Thuran's pinioning body,
and with renewed strength crawled toward the girl. He raised her head
from the rough boards of the boat's bottom. There might be life in
that poor, starved frame even yet. He could not quite abandon all
hope, and so he seized a water-soaked rag and squeezed the precious
drops between the swollen lips of the hideous thing that had but a few
short days before glowed with the resplendent life of happy youth and
glorious beauty.

For some time there was no sign of returning animation, but at last his
efforts were rewarded by a slight tremor of the half-closed lids. He
chafed the thin hands, and forced a few more drops of water into the
parched throat. The girl opened her eyes, looking up at him for a long
time before she could recall her surroundings.

"Water?" she whispered. "Are we saved?"

"It is raining," he explained. "We may at least drink. Already it has
revived us both."

"Monsieur Thuran?" she asked. "He did not kill you. Is he dead?"

"I do not know," replied Clayton.

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with Pellucidar

Page 10
Nor is this strange, for Pellucidar, in its land area, is immense, while the human race there is very young and consequently far from numerous.
Page 13
"And thus, your majesty," he concluded, "has faded back into the oblivion of the Stone Age our wondrous dream.
Page 16
At last we came close to the towering crags, Alp-like in their grandeur.
Page 21
I was alone.
Page 29
We had to work fast; but before the tide came in again we had stripped her of her sails and masts, righted her, and filled her about a quarter full of rock ballast.
Page 33
"Who are you who seek Ja?" he asked.
Page 35
As Ja had never been so far and knew only of Amoz through hearsay, we thought that he must be mistaken; but he was not.
Page 39
The girl they had armed with a javelin.
Page 40
Quickly and as noiselessly as possible I ran down the arena in pursuit of the grim creature.
Page 44
She was right.
Page 60
He stopped in front of me and deliberately raised his bandaged leg and pawed my knee.
Page 76
" Naturally, I elected to go.
Page 100
They did not give tongue until the lidi itself discovered them and broke into a lumbering, awkward, but none the less rapid gallop.
Page 102
I was standing by her side as the thing charged her, my javelin ready to receive her.
Page 105
There were the trunks of trees uprooted by the undermining of the river banks, giant creepers, flowers, grasses, and now and then the body of some land animal or bird.
Page 109
Hooja called to Juag to stop when he saw that our craft was moving.
Page 111
Then the wind died suddenly out.
Page 112
It was a grueling experience.
Page 115
With the report an iron cannonball about five inches in diameter struck Hooja's dugout just above the water-line, tore a great splintering hole in its side, turned it over, and dumped its occupants into the sea.
Page 116
In this formation we commenced slowly to circle the position of the enemy.