The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Chapter 25

Through the Forest Primeval

For a brief, sickening moment Tarzan felt the slipping of the rope to
which he clung, and heard the scraping of the block of stone against
the masonry above.

Then of a sudden the rope was still--the stone had caught at the very
edge. Gingerly the ape-man clambered up the frail rope. In a moment
his head was above the edge of the shaft. The court was empty. The
inhabitants of Opar were viewing the sacrifice. Tarzan could hear the
voice of La from the nearby sacrificial court. The dance had ceased.
It must be almost time for the knife to fall; but even as he thought
these things he was running rapidly toward the sound of the high
priestess' voice.

Fate guided him to the very doorway of the great roofless chamber.
Between him and the altar was the long row of priests and priestesses,
awaiting with their golden cups the spilling of the warm blood of their
victim. La's hand was descending slowly toward the bosom of the frail,
quiet figure that lay stretched upon the hard stone. Tarzan gave a
gasp that was almost a sob as he recognized the features of the girl he
loved. And then the scar upon his forehead turned to a flaming band of
scarlet, a red mist floated before his eyes, and, with the awful roar
of the bull ape gone mad, he sprang like a huge lion into the midst of
the votaries.

Seizing a cudgel from the nearest priest, he laid about him like a
veritable demon as he forged his rapid way toward the altar. The hand
of La had paused at the first noise of interruption. When she saw who
the author of it was she went white. She had never been able to fathom
the secret of the strange white man's escape from the dungeon in which
she had locked him. She had not intended that he should ever leave
Opar, for she had looked upon his giant frame and handsome face with
the eyes of a woman and not those of a priestess.

In her clever mind she had concocted a story of wonderful revelation
from the lips of the flaming god himself, in which she had been ordered
to receive this white stranger as a messenger from him to his people on
earth. That would satisfy the people of Opar, she knew. The man would
be satisfied, she felt quite sure, to remain and be her husband

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