The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 42

without disloyalty to her I tell you that I do not
love her, nor does she love me. For an instant we were the victims of
a sudden madness--it was not love--and it would have left us, unharmed,
as suddenly as it had come upon us even though De Coude had not
returned. As you know, I have had little experience of women. Olga de
Coude is very beautiful; that, and the dim light and the seductive
surroundings, and the appeal of the defenseless for protection, might
have been resisted by a more civilized man, but my civilization is not
even skin deep--it does not go deeper than my clothes.

"Paris is no place for me. I will but continue to stumble into more
and more serious pitfalls. The man-made restrictions are irksome. I
feel always that I am a prisoner. I cannot endure it, my friend, and
so I think that I shall go back to my own jungle, and lead the life
that God intended that I should lead when He put me there."

"Do not take it so to heart, Jean," responded D'Arnot. "You have
acquitted yourself much better than most 'civilized' men would have
under similar circumstances. As to leaving Paris at this time, I
rather think that Raoul de Coude may be expected to have something to
say on that subject before long."

Nor was D'Arnot mistaken. A week later on Monsieur Flaubert was
announced about eleven in the morning, as D'Arnot and Tarzan were
breakfasting. Monsieur Flaubert was an impressively polite gentleman.
With many low bows he delivered Monsieur le Count de Coude's challenge
to Monsieur Tarzan. Would monsieur be so very kind as to arrange to
have a friend meet Monsieur Flaubert at as early an hour as convenient,
that the details might be arranged to the mutual satisfaction of all
concerned?

Certainly. Monsieur Tarzan would be delighted to place his interests
unreservedly in the hands of his friend, Lieutenant D'Arnot. And so it
was arranged that D'Arnot was to call on Monsieur Flaubert at two that
afternoon, and the polite Monsieur Flaubert, with many bows, left them.

When they were again alone D'Arnot looked quizzically at Tarzan.

"Well?" he said.

"Now to my sins I must add murder, or else myself be killed," said
Tarzan. "I am progressing rapidly in the ways of my civilized
brothers."

"What weapons shall you select?" asked D'Arnot. "De Coude is
accredited with being a master with the sword, and a splendid shot."

"I might then choose poisoned arrows

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with Tarzan the Terrible

Page 9
The ape-man realized that probably for the first time his companion had discovered that he was tailless by nature rather than by accident, and so he called attention to his own great toes and thumbs to further impress upon the creature that they were of different species.
Page 35
"Five friends!" shouted Om-at as An-un and his sons discovered them.
Page 50
And knowing this he suddenly exerted a single super-human effort, thrust far apart the giant hands and with the swiftness of a striking snake buried his fangs in the jugular of the Tor-o-don.
Page 66
Though his chance for survival seemed slender, and hope at its lowest ebb, he was not minded therefore to give up without a struggle.
Page 81
The western altars invariably were a single block of stone the top of which was hollowed into an oblong basin.
Page 101
It was but a short distance now to the caves and when they reached these Ta-den led the way aloft upon the wooden pegs, assured that this creature whom he had discovered would have no more difficulty in following him than had Tarzan the Terrible.
Page 103
He knew that they would not take prisoner all the Kor-ul-lul warriors--that they would be fortunate if they took one and it was also possible that they might even be driven back in defeat, but he knew too that Om-at would not hesitate to carry out his threat if he had the opportunity, so implacable was the hatred of these neighbors for each other.
Page 110
He sensed another presence and presently his trained ears detected the slow approach of naked feet across the sward.
Page 118
He could not see it but he knew that it was not far distant, and then, deafeningly there reverberated through those gloomy corridors the mad bellow of the GRYF.
Page 127
The first was very drunk though suddenly he seemed quite sober.
Page 135
This he also removed until he had a hole of sufficient size to permit the passage of his body, and leaving the cresset still burning upon the floor the priest crawled through the opening he had made and disappeared from the sight of the watcher hiding in the shadows of the narrow passageway behind him.
Page 142
" "You think it is as bad as that?" he said, a noticeable alteration in his tone and manner.
Page 143
That you have done often.
Page 147
She fell to searching for the cause and presently discovered it in one of the fragments of volcanic glass which revealed an edge that was almost razor-like.
Page 174
could she leave him there to die of hunger or of thirst, or to become the prey of some prowling beast.
Page 178
The heavy fragrance of tropical blooms, the commingled odors of the myriad-scented life of the jungle went to his head with a pleasurable intoxication far more potent than aught contained in the oldest vintages of civilization.
Page 185
It was Tarzan's intention to choose a way above A-lur and the scattered Ho-don villages below it, passing about midway between them and the mountains, thus avoiding, in so far as possible, both the.
Page 197
Nor is this strange, since from childhood the ape-man had been accustomed to fight the battles of life single-handed so that it had become habitual for him to depend solely upon his own cunning and prowess.
Page 205
"This looks like the end," he said quietly.
Page 217
Lo.