this that could
stand complacently with two bullets in him, waiting for the third?
And so De Coude took careful aim this time, but his nerve was gone, and
he made a clean miss. Not once had Tarzan raised his pistol hand from
where it hung beside his leg.
For a moment the two stood looking straight into each other's eyes. On
Tarzan's face was a pathetic expression of disappointment. On De
Coude's a rapidly growing expression of horror--yes, of terror.
He could endure it no longer.
"Mother of God! Monsieur--shoot!" he screamed.
But Tarzan did not raise his pistol. Instead, he advanced toward De
Coude, and when D'Arnot and Monsieur Flaubert, misinterpreting his
intention, would have rushed between them, he raised his left hand in a
sign of remonstrance.
"Do not fear," he said to them, "I shall not harm him."
It was most unusual, but they halted. Tarzan advanced until he was
quite close to De Coude.
"There must have been something wrong with monsieur's pistol," he said.
"Or monsieur is unstrung. Take mine, monsieur, and try again," and
Tarzan offered his pistol, butt foremost, to the astonished De Coude.
"MON DIEU, monsieur!" cried the latter. "Are you mad?"
"No, my friend," replied the ape-man; "but I deserve to die. It is the
only way in which I may atone for the wrong I have done a very good
woman. Take my pistol and do as I bid."
"It would be murder," replied De Coude. "But what wrong did you do my
wife? She swore to me that--"
"I do not mean that," said Tarzan quickly. "You saw all the wrong that
passed between us. But that was enough to cast a shadow upon her name,
and to ruin the happiness of a man against whom I had no enmity. The
fault was all mine, and so I hoped to die for it this morning. I am
disappointed that monsieur is not so wonderful a marksman as I had been
led to believe."
"You say that the fault was all yours?" asked De Coude eagerly.
"All mine, monsieur. Your wife is a very pure woman. She loves only
you. The fault that you saw was all mine. The thing that brought me
there was no fault of either the Countess de Coude or myself. Here is
a paper which will quite positively demonstrate that," and Tarzan drew
from his pocket the statement Rokoff had written and signed.
De Coude took it and read. D'Arnot
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Disheartened, Bradley determined to turn back toward the fort, as he already had exceeded the time decided upon by Bowen Tyler and himself for the expedition.Page 8
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From frightful jaws to the tip of its long tail it was fully forty feet in length.Page 14
Who would be the next? As was their custom, they took turns at guard, each man doing two hours and then arousing the next.Page 37
Mumbling as it worked, it repeated again and again, "Food! Food! There is a way out!" until Bradley thought those two expressions alone would drive him mad.Page 39
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To and fro flew Wieroos, going to and from the temple.Page 48
There was no Wieroo in sight, so the Englishman entered.Page 51
The blade struck at the junction of the neck and torso and with such force as to completely decapitate the Wieroo, the hideous head dropping to the floor and the body falling forward upon the Englishman.Page 58
"Don't be frightened," he said at length, as he led her toward the opening in the shaft.Page 61
They had advanced a considerable distance when there sounded faintly from far ahead the muffled roar.Page 65
Here they halted and looked about them.Page 69
And then one day as a bolt out of a clear sky came that which blasted the peace and security of their sanctuary forever.Page 72
If they still live we shall find a way to return you to your people.Page 75
Von Schoenvorts had managed to drag the Englishman around so that his back was toward Schwartz and the other advancing Germans.Page 76
" The rough men gathered about the girl, and when she spoke to them in broken English, with a smile upon her lips enhancing the charm of her irresistible accent, each and every one of them promptly fell in love with her and constituted himself henceforth her guardian and her slave.Page 79
"I cannot, little Co-Tan," he answered.Page 82
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