His friendship and liking for the girl were
potent factors in urging him toward an affirmative decision.
Had she been a man, he argued, he should not have hesitated, for it
would have meant a friend after his own heart, with whom he could ride
and hunt at will; but as it was they would be hedged by the
conventionalities that are even more strictly observed by the wild
nomads of the desert than by their more civilized brothers and sisters.
And in a little while she would be married to one of these swarthy
warriors, and there would be an end to their friendship. So he decided
against the sheik's proposal, though he remained a week as his guest.
When he left, Kadour ben Saden and fifty white-robed warriors rode with
him to Bou Saada. While they were mounting in the DOUAR of Kadour ben
Saden the morning of their departure, the girl came to bid farewell to
"I have prayed that you would remain with us," she said simply, as he
leaned from his saddle to clasp her hand in farewell, "and now I shall
pray that you will return." There was an expression of wistfulness in
her beautiful eyes, and a pathetic droop at the corners of her mouth.
Tarzan was touched.
"Who knows?" and then he turned and rode after the departing Arabs.
Outside Bou Saada he bade Kadour ben Saden and his men good-by, for
there were reasons which made him wish to make his entry into the town
as secret as possible, and when he had explained them to the sheik the
latter concurred in his decision. The Arabs were to enter Bou Saada
ahead of him, saying nothing as to his presence with them. Later
Tarzan would come in alone, and go directly to an obscure native inn.
Thus, making his entrance after dark, as he did, he was not seen by any
one who knew him, and reached the inn unobserved. After dining with
Kadour ben Saden as his guest, he went to his former hotel by a
roundabout way, and, coming in by a rear entrance, sought the
proprietor, who seemed much surprised to see him alive.
Yes, there was mail for monsieur; he would fetch it. No, he would
mention monsieur's return to no one. Presently he returned with a
packet of letters. One was an order from his superior to lay off on
his present work, and hasten to Cape Town by the first steamer he could
get. His further instructions would be awaiting
Though the fellow's tone was surly, his words were evidently well meant.Page 10
" Clayton remonstrated against the inhumanity of landing them upon an unknown shore to be left to the mercies of savage beasts, and, possibly, still more savage men.Page 11
"The men won't stand for any more, and if we don't get ye landed pretty quick they may even change their minds about giving ye that much show.Page 35
letters of the alphabet, and he was over ten years old.Page 36
It was soon discovered that Tarzan was missing, and Tublat was strongly opposed to sending assistance.Page 45
He had been among the first at the feast, but had retreated with a goodly share to eat in quiet, and was now forcing his way back for more.Page 46
But his fangs never closed in that nut brown flesh.Page 48
The deep cannonade of roaring thunder belched forth its fearsome challenge.Page 59
Why, then, this hesitancy! Once more he essayed the effort, but a qualm of nausea overwhelmed him.Page 71
His bow and arrows lay some distance away where he had dropped them while showing Sabor's hide to his fellow apes, so that he confronted Kerchak now with only his hunting knife and his superior intellect to offset the ferocious strength of his enemy.Page 72
So, while the blacks were wroth at the continued pilfering of their fields, they were not discouraged in their efforts to cultivate the land, as would have been the case had Tarzan permitted his people to lay waste the plantation wantonly.Page 79
About his waist was a belt of tiny strips of rawhide fashioned by himself as a support for the home-made scabbard in which hung his father's hunting knife.Page 93
When Tarzan had completed his repast he rose and, pointing a very different direction from that which Clayton had been pursuing, started off through the jungle toward the point he had indicated.Page 98
But then to her surprise she saw the huge animal being slowly drawn back through the window, and in the moonlight beyond she saw the heads and shoulders of two men.Page 103
upward to safety just as the baffled Numa, with a roar, leaped to recover his vanishing quarry.Page 124
But at last those who remained were driven to desperation by the continued truculence of Terkoz, and it so happened that one of them recalled the parting admonition of Tarzan: "If you have a chief who is cruel, do not do as the other apes do, and attempt, any one of you, to pit yourself against him alone.Page 156
The great apes come often to this spot, and if they found you here, wounded and alone, they would kill you.Page 158
Tarzan lifted the latch and pushed the great door in upon its wooden hinges.Page 179
D'Arnot had told him not to worry, since he had more than enough for both, but the ape-man was learning many things and one of them was that people looked down upon one who accepted money from another without giving something of equal value in exchange.Page 192
" Tarzan understood the plan instantly.