me that Count de Coude is a
"You mean that you hope to be killed?" exclaimed D'Arnot, in horror.
"I cannot say that I hope to be; but you must admit that there is
little reason to believe that I shall not be killed."
Had D'Arnot known the thing that was in the ape-man's mind--that had
been in his mind almost from the first intimation that De Coude would
call him to account on the field of honor--he would have been even more
horrified than he was.
In silence they entered D'Arnot's great car, and in similar silence
they sped over the dim road that leads to Etamps. Each man was
occupied with his own thoughts. D'Arnot's were very mournful, for he
was genuinely fond of Tarzan. The great friendship which had sprung up
between these two men whose lives and training had been so widely
different had but been strengthened by association, for they were both
men to whom the same high ideals of manhood, of personal courage, and
of honor appealed with equal force. They could understand one another,
and each could be proud of the friendship of the other.
Tarzan of the Apes was wrapped in thoughts of the past; pleasant
memories of the happier occasions of his lost jungle life. He recalled
the countless boyhood hours that he had spent cross-legged upon the
table in his dead father's cabin, his little brown body bent over one
of the fascinating picture books from which, unaided, he had gleaned
the secret of the printed language long before the sounds of human
speech fell upon his ears. A smile of contentment softened his strong
face as he thought of that day of days that he had had alone with Jane
Porter in the heart of his primeval forest.
Presently his reminiscences were broken in upon by the stopping of the
car--they were at their destination. Tarzan's mind returned to the
affairs of the moment. He knew that he was about to die, but there was
no fear of death in him. To a denizen of the cruel jungle death is a
commonplace. The first law of nature compels them to cling tenaciously
to life--to fight for it; but it does not teach them to fear death.
D'Arnot and Tarzan were first upon the field of honor. A moment later
De Coude, Monsieur Flaubert, and a third gentleman arrived. The last
was introduced to D'Arnot and Tarzan; he was a physician.
D'Arnot and Monsieur Flaubert spoke together in whispers for a brief
Now the creature at my side was creeping slowly toward the near-by sea.Page 15
Now he wore real clothing again for the first time since the ape-folk had stripped us of our apparel that long-gone day that had witnessed our advent within Pellucidar.Page 17
The land we seek must lie upon the opposite side of the mountains.Page 33
One of the men remembered me from the occasion of my former visit to the island; he was extremely agree-able the moment that he came close enough to recognize me.Page 40
There was both hope and horror in them, too.Page 42
I could never think of them as aught but cold-blooded, brainless reptiles, though Perry had devoted much time in explaining to me that owing to a strange freak of evolution among all the genera of the inner world, this species of the reptilia had advanced to a position quite analogous to that which man holds upon the outer crust.Page 52
He has only to call upon his Mahar allies to receive a countless horde of Sagoths to do his bidding against his human enemies.Page 56
With the impact with the water the hyaenodon released his hold upon my shoulder.Page 88
He was now racing as fast as he could go back toward his people.Page 93
This it was which proved our undoing.Page 107
"Boats! Many, many boats!" Juag and I leaped to our feet; but our little craft had now dropped to the trough, and we could see nothing but walls of water close upon either hand.Page 108
to help us--if they know the way to the mainland.Page 113
I was rather glad that we had not succeeded in landing among them.Page 114
I could not make out his words, but presently I saw that he was pointing aloft.Page 115
When the prisoners were aboard, Ja brought the felucca alongside our dugout.Page 121
Once we had discovered iron ore we had enough mined in an incredibly short time to build a.Page 126
Pursuant to it, I at once despatched fifty lidi to the fleet with orders to fetch fifty cannon to Sari.Page 127
Then I sent for Perry, who had remained discreetly in the rear, and had him construct a little affair that I had had in my mind against the possibility of our meeting with a check at the entrances to the underground city.Page 131
We now returned to Anoroc and thence to the mainland, where I again took up the campaign against the Mahars, marching from one great buried city to another until we had passed far north of Amoz into a country where I had never been.Page 134
Perry is away just now, laying out a railway-line from Sari to Amoz.