the wonderful happiness that had
come to them. The past, with all its hideous disappointments and
horrors, was forgotten--the future did not belong to them; but the
present--ah, it was theirs; none could take it from them. It was the
girl who first broke the sweet silence.
"Where are we going, dear?" she asked. "What are we going to do?"
"Where would you like best to go?" he asked. "What would you like best
"To go where you go, my man; to do whatever seems best to you," she
"But Clayton?" he asked. For a moment he had forgotten that there
existed upon the earth other than they two. "We have forgotten your
"I am not married, Tarzan of the Apes," she cried. "Nor am I longer
promised in marriage. The day before those awful creatures captured me
I spoke to Mr. Clayton of my love for you, and he understood then that
I could not keep the wicked promise that I had made. It was after we
had been miraculously saved from an attacking lion." She paused
suddenly and looked up at him, a questioning light in her eyes.
"Tarzan of the Apes," she cried, "it was you who did that thing? It
could have been no other."
He dropped his eyes, for he was ashamed.
"How could you have gone away and left me?" she cried reproachfully.
"Don't, Jane!" he pleaded. "Please don't! You cannot know how I have
suffered since for the cruelty of that act, or how I suffered then,
first in jealous rage, and then in bitter resentment against the fate
that I had not deserved. I went back to the apes after that, Jane,
intending never again to see a human being." He told her then of his
life since he had returned to the jungle--of how he had dropped like a
plummet from a civilized Parisian to a savage Waziri warrior, and from
there back to the brute that he had been raised.
She asked him many questions, and at last fearfully of the things that
Monsieur Thuran had told her--of the woman in Paris. He narrated every
detail of his civilized life to her, omitting nothing, for he felt no
shame, since his heart always had been true to her. When he had
finished he sat looking at her, as though waiting for her judgment, and
"I knew that he was not speaking the truth," she said. "Oh, what a
horrible creature he is!"
"You are not
At last my curiosity got the better of me.Page 17
Then we set out in search of the great, shaggy cave bear of the higher altitudes.Page 27
Her keel we had laid upon several rollers cut from small trees, the ends of the rollers in turn resting upon parallel tracks of long saplings.Page 28
When we cut the ropes and removed the blocks that held the Sari in place she started for the water with a lunge.Page 29
As the water rose we pulled her in quite close to the bank and clambered aboard.Page 34
As there had been a truce between the Mahars and the Mezops for many generations, they camped with these warriors of the reptiles, from whom they learned that the federation had gone to pieces.Page 35
lay upon the same water then the shore-line must bend far back toward the southwest of Greenwich--an assumption which, by the way, we found later to be true.Page 41
They buried their talons in his back and lifted him bodily from the arena as if he had been a chicken in the clutches of a hawk.Page 47
" "They say," he went on after conversing with the Mahar for a moment, "that just before your return to Phutra, Hooja the Sly One came, bringing the great secret with him.Page 49
When I told him that Hooja had stolen her, he stamped his foot in rage.Page 56
This I assumed to be the stronghold of Hooja, nor did I doubt that upon it even now was Dian.Page 63
And so we walked on together toward Thuria--I talking to the beast at my side, and he seeming to enjoy my company no less than I enjoyed his.Page 66
I wasted a long time there trying to persuade Goork to accept me at my own valuation, but he was too canny.Page 70
The black apes were hairless and built thatched huts in their arboreal retreats; they kept domesticated dogs and ruminants, in which respect they were farther advanced than the human beings of Pellucidar; but they appeared to have only a meager language, and sported long, apelike tails.Page 79
It served merely as an avenue from their lofty citadel to the valley below.Page 94
has given me strength to endure many dangers, for it has always assured me immunity from the ultimate insult.Page 97
I had no difficulty in finding the self-same bush behind which we had hidden, but Dian was not there.Page 115
When the prisoners were aboard, Ja brought the felucca alongside our dugout.Page 126
Pursuant to it, I at once despatched fifty lidi to the fleet with orders to fetch fifty cannon to Sari.Page 133
There is no glass in our windows, for we have no windows, the walls rising but a few feet above the floor-line, the rest of the space being open to the ceilings; but we have a roof to shade us from the perpetual noon-day sun.