I do not do
just as he wishes me to."
Tarzan laughed. "You are still but a little girl. The story that you
have told me cannot reflect in any way upon your reputation, and were
you not a little girl at heart you would know it. Go to your husband
tonight, and tell him the whole story, just as you have told it to me.
Unless I am much mistaken he will laugh at you for your fears, and take
immediate steps to put that precious brother of yours in prison where
"I only wish that I dared," she said; "but I am afraid. I learned
early to fear men. First my father, then Nikolas, then the fathers in
the convent. Nearly all my friends fear their husbands--why should I
not fear mine?"
"It does not seem right that women should fear men," said Tarzan, an
expression of puzzlement on his face. "I am better acquainted with the
jungle folk, and there it is more often the other way around, except
among the black men, and they to my mind are in most ways lower in the
scale than the beasts. No, I cannot understand why civilized women
should fear men, the beings that are created to protect them. I should
hate to think that any woman feared me."
"I do not think that any woman would fear you, my friend," said Olga de
Coude softly. "I have known you but a short while, yet though it may
seem foolish to say it, you are the only man I have ever known whom I
think that I should never fear--it is strange, too, for you are very
strong. I wondered at the ease with which you handled Nikolas and
Paulvitch that night in my cabin. It was marvellous." As Tarzan was
leaving her a short time later he wondered a little at the clinging
pressure of her hand at parting, and the firm insistence with which she
exacted a promise from him that he would call again on the morrow.
The memory of her half-veiled eyes and perfect lips as she had stood
smiling up into his face as he bade her good-by remained with him for
the balance of the day. Olga de Coude was a very beautiful woman, and
Tarzan of the Apes a very lonely young man, with a heart in him that
was in need of the doctoring that only a woman may provide.
As the countess turned back into the room after Tarzan's
Are you frightened?" "I do not know.Page 8
At four hundred and twenty miles I took another reading.Page 11
" "We may have quartered through the earth's crust and come out upon some tropical island of the West Indies," I suggested.Page 12
With one accord we turned to discover the author of that fearsome noise.Page 13
Grasping the tree's stem with his powerful paws he dragged down with all the great.Page 15
My mammoth enemy was so close by this time that I knew I must feel the weight of one of his terrible paws before I could rise, but to my surprise the blow did not fall upon me.Page 30
You should have claimed her or released her.Page 31
"No, you will never escape the Mahars.Page 39
So we determined to put our plan to an immediate test lest the Mahars who made it possible should awake before I reached them; but we were doomed to disappointment, for no sooner had we reached the main floor of the building on our way to the pits beneath, than we encountered hurrying bands of slaves being hastened under strong Sagoth guard out of the edifice to the avenue beyond.Page 43
Never in my life had I heard such an infernal din as the two brutes made, and to think it was all lost upon the hideous reptiles for whom the show was staged! The thag was charging now from one side, and the tarag from the other.Page 44
I ran to the right, passing several exits choked with the fear mad mob that were battling to escape.Page 48
A cry of rage rose from the owner of the primitive craft, and an instant later his heavy, stone-tipped spear grazed my shoulder and buried itself in the bow of the boat beyond.Page 52
we touched the pretty, level beach Ja leaped out and I followed him.Page 66
X PHUTRA AGAIN I hastened to the cliff edge above Ja and helped him to a secure footing.Page 83
We had our greatest difficulty with the webbed feet, but even that problem was finally solved, so that when we moved about we did so quite naturally.Page 90
Nor did the mighty beast even pause in his steady advance along the ledge.Page 93
Its gaping jaws were armed with long, sharp teeth, and its claw equipped with horrible talons.Page 98
When I had come close enough to Jubal to distinguish his features I understood how it was that he had earned the sobriquet of Ugly One.Page 99
He was too close for a careful bowshot, but I let drive at him as he came, without taking aim.Page 111
At the first volley of poison-tipped arrows the front ranks of the gorilla-men crumpled to the ground; but those behind charged over the prostrate forms of their comrades in a wild, mad rush to be upon us with their spears.