The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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my Tarzan? Would it repay the services you did me in
Africa? I do not forget, my friend, that but for you and your wondrous
bravery I had died at the stake in the village of Mbonga's cannibals.
Nor do I forget that to your self-sacrificing devotion I owe the fact
that I recovered from the terrible wounds I received at their hands--I
discovered later something of what it meant to you to remain with me in
the amphitheater of apes while your heart was urging you on to the
coast.

"When we finally came there, and found that Miss Porter and her party
had left, I commenced to realize something of what you had done for an
utter stranger. Nor am I trying to repay you with money, Tarzan. It
is that just at present you need money; were it sacrifice that I might
offer you it were the same--my friendship must always be yours, because
our tastes are similar, and I admire you. That I cannot command, but
the money I can and shall."

"Well," laughed Tarzan, "we shall not quarrel over the money. I must
live, and so I must have it; but I shall be more contented with
something to do. You cannot show me your friendship in a more
convincing manner than to find employment for me--I shall die of
inactivity in a short while. As for my birthright--it is in good
hands. Clayton is not guilty of robbing me of it. He truly believes
that he is the real Lord Greystoke, and the chances are that he will
make a better English lord than a man who was born and raised in an
African jungle. You know that I am but half civilized even now. Let
me see red in anger but for a moment, and all the instincts of the
savage beast that I really am, submerge what little I possess of the
milder ways of culture and refinement.

"And then again, had I declared myself I should have robbed the woman I
love of the wealth and position that her marriage to Clayton will now
insure to her. I could not have done that--could I, Paul?

"Nor is the matter of birth of great importance to me," he went on,
without waiting for a reply. "Raised as I have been, I see no worth in
man or beast that is not theirs by virtue of their own mental or
physical prowess. And so I am as happy to think of

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