The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the authorities. In fact, I am half minded to explain all to the
captain before we land. On a French liner it were an easy matter,
Olga, permanently to settle this Nemesis of ours."

"Oh, no, Raoul!" cried the countess, sinking to her knees before him as
he sat with bowed head upon a divan. "Do not do that. Remember your
promise to me. Tell me, Raoul, that you will not do that. Do not even
threaten him, Raoul."

De Coude took his wife's hands in his, and gazed upon her pale and
troubled countenance for some time before he spoke, as though he would
wrest from those beautiful eyes the real reason which prompted her to
shield this man.

"Let it be as you wish, Olga," he said at length. "I cannot
understand. He has forfeited all claim upon your love, loyalty, or
respect. He is a menace to your life and honor, and the life and honor
of your husband. I trust you may never regret championing him."

"I do not champion him, Raoul," she interrupted vehemently. "I believe
that I hate him as much as you do, but--Oh, Raoul, blood is thicker
than water."

"I should today have liked to sample the consistency of his," growled
De Coude grimly. "The two deliberately attempted to besmirch my honor,
Olga," and then he told her of all that had happened in the
smoking-room. "Had it not been for this utter stranger, they had
succeeded, for who would have accepted my unsupported word against the
damning evidence of those cards hidden on my person? I had almost
begun to doubt myself when this Monsieur Tarzan dragged your precious
Nikolas before us, and explained the whole cowardly transaction."

"Monsieur Tarzan?" asked the countess, in evident surprise.

"Yes. Do you know him, Olga?"

"I have seen him. A steward pointed him out to me."

"I did not know that he was a celebrity," said the count.

Olga de Coude changed the subject. She discovered suddenly that she
might find it difficult to explain just why the steward had pointed out
the handsome Monsieur Tarzan to her. Perhaps she flushed the least
little bit, for was not the count, her husband, gazing at her with a
strangely quizzical expression. "Ah," she thought, "a guilty
conscience is a most suspicious thing."

Chapter 2

Forging Bonds of Hate and ----?

It was not until late the following afternoon that Tarzan saw anything
more of the fellow passengers into the midst of whose affairs his love

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