The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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his love.

She was much younger than her husband, and without having realized it
she had been craving the haven of a friendship with one nearer her own
age. Twenty is shy in exchanging confidences with forty. Tarzan was
but two years her senior. He could understand her, she felt. Then he
was clean and honorable and chivalrous. She was not afraid of him.
That she could trust him she had felt instinctively from the first.

From a distance Rokoff had watched this growing intimacy with malicious
glee. Ever since he had learned that Tarzan knew that he was a Russian
spy there had been added to his hatred for the ape-man a great fear
that he would expose him. He was but waiting now until the moment was
propitious for a master stroke. He wanted to rid himself forever of
Tarzan, and at the same time reap an ample revenge for the humiliations
and defeats that he had suffered at his hands.

Tarzan was nearer to contentment than he had been since the peace and
tranquility of his jungle had been broken in upon by the advent of the
marooned Porter party. He enjoyed the pleasant social intercourse with
Olga's friends, while the friendship which had sprung up between the
fair countess and himself was a source of never-ending delight. It
broke in upon and dispersed his gloomy thoughts, and served as a balm
to his lacerated heart.

Sometimes D'Arnot accompanied him on his visits to the De Coude home,
for he had long known both Olga and the count. Occasionally De Coude
dropped in, but the multitudinous affairs of his official position and
the never-ending demands of politics kept him from home usually until
late at night.

Rokoff spied upon Tarzan almost constantly, waiting for the time that
he should call at the De Coude palace at night, but in this he was
doomed to disappointment. On several occasions Tarzan accompanied the
countess to her home after the opera, but he invariably left her at the
entrance--much to the disgust of the lady's devoted brother.

Finding that it seemed impossible to trap Tarzan through any voluntary
act of his own, Rokoff and Paulvitch put their heads together to hatch
a plan that would trap the ape-man in all the circumstantial evidence
of a compromising position.

For days they watched the papers as well as the movements of De Coude
and Tarzan. At length they were rewarded. A morning paper made brief
mention of a smoker that was to be given on the

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