The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 38

the Apes? He took the panting figure into his mighty arms,
and covered the hot lips with kisses.

Raoul de Coude made hurried excuses to his host after he had read the
note handed him by the ambassador's butler. Never afterward could he
recall the nature of the excuses he made. Everything was quite a blur
to him up to the time that he stood on the threshold of his own home.
Then he became very cool, moving quietly and with caution. For some
inexplicable reason Jacques had the door open before he was halfway to
the steps. It did not strike him at the time as being unusual, though
afterward he remarked it.

Very softly he tiptoed up the stairs and along the gallery to the door
of his wife's boudoir. In his hand was a heavy walking stick--in his
heart, murder.

Olga was the first to see him. With a horrified shriek she tore
herself from Tarzan's arms, and the ape-man turned just in time to ward
with his arm a terrific blow that De Coude had aimed at his head.
Once, twice, three times the heavy stick fell with lightning rapidity,
and each blow aided in the transition of the ape-man back to the

With the low, guttural snarl of the bull ape he sprang for the
Frenchman. The great stick was torn from his grasp and broken in two
as though it had been matchwood, to be flung aside as the now
infuriated beast charged for his adversary's throat. Olga de Coude
stood a horrified spectator of the terrible scene which ensued during
the next brief moment, then she sprang to where Tarzan was murdering
her husband--choking the life from him--shaking him as a terrier might
shake a rat.

Frantically she tore at his great hands. "Mother of God!" she cried.
"You are killing him, you are killing him! Oh, Jean, you are killing
my husband!"

Tarzan was deaf with rage. Suddenly he hurled the body to the floor,
and, placing his foot upon the upturned breast, raised his head. Then
through the palace of the Count de Coude rang the awesome challenge of
the bull ape that has made a kill. From cellar to attic the horrid
sound searched out the servants, and left them blanched and trembling.
The woman in the room sank to her knees beside the body of her husband,
and prayed.

Slowly the red mist faded from before Tarzan's eyes. Things began to
take form--he was regaining the perspective of civilized man.

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Gods of Mars

Page 2
The Death Sentence XVIII.
Page 6
Its hairless body was a strange and ghoulish blue, except for a broad band of white which encircled its protruding, single eye: an eye that was all dead white--pupil, iris, and ball.
Page 28
No sooner had he dispatched his than I, turning, as though drawn by the instinct of my guardian subconscious mind, beheld another of the savage denizens of the Martian wilds leaping across the chamber toward me.
Page 45
As we watched, our eyes wandered to the rolling Iss, which issued from the base of the cliffs beneath us.
Page 68
" "As man may eat of the flesh of beasts, so may gods eat of the flesh of man.
Page 75
It was very dark down there, but the light from our port-holes, and the reflection from what must have been a powerful searchlight on the submarine's nose showed.
Page 87
"It is Issus' wish that you two be confined in the same room," said the guard when he had returned to our cell.
Page 91
"By the shell of my first ancestor!" he roared.
Page 98
The men with us fought well, but never since Tars Tarkas and I fought out that long, hot afternoon shoulder to shoulder against the hordes of Warhoon in the dead sea bottom before Thark, had I seen two men fight to such good purpose and with such unconquerable ferocity as the young red man and I fought that day before the throne of Issus, Goddess of Death, and of Life Eternal.
Page 105
CHAPTER XIII A BREAK FOR LIBERTY Xodar listened in incredulous astonishment to my narration of the events which had transpired within the arena at the rites of Issus.
Page 114
The cruiser, already tilted at a perilous angle, was carried completely over backward by the impact of my smaller vessel.
Page 121
One man alone may succeed where more would invite disaster.
Page 125
In not one, however, showed the faintest sign of light.
Page 136
Be you right or wrong, your word shall be my only truth.
Page 139
Now that he has so excellent an excuse, let us go and see if he has the courage to take advantage of it.
Page 147
A single sword thrust here to-day may plunge Helium into a bitter and bloody war the results of which none can foresee.
Page 159
That Zat Arras' spy had overheard our conversation relative to the selection of a new Jeddak, I knew, and scarcely a half-dozen minutes prior we had discussed the details of the plan to rescue Dejah Thoris.
Page 167
A half-hour later the officer of the guard came again to report.
Page 173
After me poured a yelling, cheering, cursing throng of Helium's best fighting-men.
Page 178
" At my command, the youth leaped into one of the corridors, and in column.