and Monsieur Flaubert had drawn
near. They were interested spectators of this strange ending of a
strange duel. None spoke until De Coude had quite finished, then he
looked up at Tarzan.
"You are a very brave and chivalrous gentleman," he said. "I thank God
that I did not kill you."
De Coude was a Frenchman. Frenchmen are impulsive. He threw his arms
about Tarzan and embraced him. Monsieur Flaubert embraced D'Arnot.
There was no one to embrace the doctor. So possibly it was pique which
prompted him to interfere, and demand that he be permitted to dress
"This gentleman was hit once at least," he said. "Possibly thrice."
"Twice," said Tarzan. "Once in the left shoulder, and again in the
left side--both flesh wounds, I think." But the doctor insisted upon
stretching him upon the sward, and tinkering with him until the wounds
were cleansed and the flow of blood checked.
One result of the duel was that they all rode back to Paris together in
D'Arnot's car, the best of friends. De Coude was so relieved to have
had this double assurance of his wife's loyalty that he felt no rancor
at all toward Tarzan. It is true that the latter had assumed much more
of the fault than was rightly his, but if he lied a little he may be
excused, for he lied in the service of a woman, and he lied like a
The ape-man was confined to his bed for several days. He felt that it
was foolish and unnecessary, but the doctor and D'Arnot took the matter
so to heart that he gave in to please them, though it made him laugh to
think of it.
"It is droll," he said to D'Arnot. "To lie abed because of a pin
prick! Why, when Bolgani, the king gorilla, tore me almost to pieces,
while I was still but a little boy, did I have a nice soft bed to lie
on? No, only the damp, rotting vegetation of the jungle. Hidden
beneath some friendly bush I lay for days and weeks with only Kala to
nurse me--poor, faithful Kala, who kept the insects from my wounds and
warned off the beasts of prey.
"When I called for water she brought it to me in her own mouth--the
only way she knew to carry it. There was no sterilized gauze, there
was no antiseptic bandage--there was nothing that would not have driven
our dear doctor mad to have seen. Yet
We had just finished the last of our immediate antagonists as he spoke, and I turned in surprised wonderment at the sound of my name.Page 21
How far we traversed the tunnel in this manner I do not know, but presently we came to an obstruction which blocked our further progress.Page 23
Many years ago you heard the story of the woman who taught me the thing that green Martians are reared to hate, the woman who taught me to love.Page 24
Do you understand now where you be, John Carter?" "And that was the River Iss, emptying into the Lost Sea of Korus in the Valley Dor?" I asked.Page 28
I noticed during the period of this new persecution that the beasts appeared only when our backs were turned; we never saw one really materialize from thin air, nor did I for an instant sufficiently lose my excellent reasoning faculties to be once deluded into the belief that the beasts came into the room other than through some concealed and well-contrived doorway.Page 40
Wherever we go should we escape we shall find that word of our coming has preceded us, and death awaits us before we may pollute the air with our blasphemies.Page 43
" I shrugged my shoulders.Page 45
The declining sun lighted brilliantly the eastern banks of Korus, the crimson sward, the gorgeous forest.Page 61
" Phaidor looked at the black in evident astonishment.Page 84
With the idea of exploring my prison, I started to look around.Page 88
"If he does not, you are to beat him into submission.Page 97
"To the seats, some of you!" I cried as we approached the arena's barrier wall.Page 101
" Then he commenced groping his way about the floor of the dark chamber searching for the trap that led to the corridors beneath.Page 112
Xodar was burdened with the boy, and I with the three long-swords.Page 116
I dropped into a horizontal course and headed due north.Page 129
At the first floor we found that the hallway ran but halfway through, necessitating the crossing of a rear room full of green folk, ere we could reach the inner courtyard, so there was but one thing left for us to do, and that was to gain the second floor and the hallway through which I had traversed the length of the building.Page 130
Slinging my harness into a long single strap, I lowered Tars Tarkas to the courtyard beneath, and an instant later dropped to his side.Page 142
As we descended in great circles toward the navy docks a mighty multitude could be seen surging in the streets beneath.Page 155
So quickly had they worked and to such good purpose, that I was utterly beyond the power to resist them by the time I was fully awake.Page 160
With it and the harness which you may select there will be no more handsomely accoutred warrior in all Zodanga.