The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Kala as my mother
as I would be to try to picture the poor, unhappy little English girl
who passed away a year after she bore me. Kala was always kind to me
in her fierce and savage way. I must have nursed at her hairy breast
from the time that my own mother died. She fought for me against the
wild denizens of the forest, and against the savage members of our
tribe, with the ferocity of real mother love.

"And I, on my part, loved her, Paul. I did not realize how much until
after the cruel spear and the poisoned arrow of Mbonga's black warrior
had stolen her away from me. I was still a child when that occurred,
and I threw myself upon her dead body and wept out my anguish as a
child might for his own mother. To you, my friend, she would have
appeared a hideous and ugly creature, but to me she was beautiful--so
gloriously does love transfigure its object. And so I am perfectly
content to remain forever the son of Kala, the she-ape."

"I do not admire you the less for your loyalty," said D'Arnot, "but the
time will come when you will be glad to claim your own. Remember what
I say, and let us hope that it will be as easy then as it is now. You
must bear in mind that Professor Porter and Mr. Philander are the only
people in the world who can swear that the little skeleton found in the
cabin with those of your father and mother was that of an infant
anthropoid ape, and not the offspring of Lord and Lady Greystoke. That
evidence is most important. They are both old men. They may not live
many years longer. And then, did it not occur to you that once Miss
Porter knew the truth she would break her engagement with Clayton? You
might easily have your title, your estates, and the woman you love,
Tarzan. Had you not thought of that?"

Tarzan shook his head. "You do not know her," he said. "Nothing could
bind her closer to her bargain than some misfortune to Clayton. She is
from an old southern family in America, and southerners pride
themselves upon their loyalty."

Tarzan spent the two following weeks renewing his former brief
acquaintance with Paris. In the daytime he haunted the libraries and
picture galleries. He had become an omnivorous reader, and the world
of possibilities that

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