You had a close call tonight, Rokoff; do not tempt fate a
Then Gernois rose to leave. Tarzan barely had time to drop to the
landing and shrink back into the shadows on the far side of the door.
Even then he scarcely hoped to elude detection. The landing was very
small, and though he flattened himself against the wall at its far edge
he was scarcely more than a foot from the doorway. Almost immediately
it opened, and Gernois stepped out. Rokoff was behind him. Neither
spoke. Gernois had taken perhaps three steps down the stairway when he
halted and half turned, as though to retrace his steps.
Tarzan knew that discovery would be inevitable. Rokoff still stood on
the threshold a foot from him, but he was looking in the opposite
direction, toward Gernois. Then the officer evidently reconsidered his
decision, and resumed his downward course. Tarzan could hear Rokoff's
sigh of relief. A moment later the Russian went back into the room and
closed the door.
Tarzan waited until Gernois had had time to get well out of hearing,
then he pushed open the door and stepped into the room. He was on top
of Rokoff before the man could rise from the chair where he sat
scanning the paper Gernois had given him. As his eyes turned and fell
upon the ape-man's face his own went livid.
"You!" he gasped.
"I," replied Tarzan.
"What do you want?" whispered Rokoff, for the look in the ape-man's
eyes frightened him. "Have you come to kill me? You do not dare.
They would guillotine you. You do not dare kill me."
"I dare kill you, Rokoff," replied Tarzan, "for no one knows that you
are here or that I am here, and Paulvitch would tell them that it was
Gernois. I heard you tell Gernois so. But that would not influence
me, Rokoff. I would not care who knew that I had killed you; the
pleasure of killing you would more than compensate for any punishment
they might inflict upon me. You are the most despicable cur of a
coward, Rokoff, I have ever heard of. You should be killed. I should
love to kill you," and Tarzan approached closer to the man.
Rokoff's nerves were keyed to the breaking point. With a shriek he
sprang toward an adjoining room, but the ape-man was upon his back
while his leap was yet but half completed. Iron fingers sought his
As Tarzan's eyes, straining with curiosity, bored futilely into the dark shadows he felt a light touch upon his shoulder, and, turning, saw that his companion was attempting to attract his attention.Page 40
She moved along to another recess and still another, but all were alike in the accumulated filth.Page 42
From the lower reaches of the gorge came again.Page 43
Tarzan tested the bonds.Page 47
She dreamed that she slept beneath a great tree in the bottom of the Kor-ul-GRYF and that one of the fearsome beasts was creeping upon her but she could not open her eyes nor move.Page 60
"Fortunate are my Om-at and his Pan-at-lee in owning such a friend.Page 62
Yet when necessity bids there are no greater gamblers than the savage denizens of the jungle, the forest, and the hills, for as lightly as you roll the ivory cubes upon the green cloth they will gamble with death--their own lives the stake.Page 63
of his antagonists that his experience of them had adduced--against all the age-old folklore and legend that had been handed down for countless generations and passed on to him through the lips of Pan-at-lee.Page 68
At least, no longer could he be of service to her, while below Kor-ul-GRYF, in the soft green valley, lay A-lur, the City of Light, which, since he had gazed upon it from the shoulder of Pastar-ul-ved, had been his ambition and his goal.Page 87
"But you have not answered me," she continued presently; "who are you?" "You have not heard then," asked Tarzan, "of the visitor who arrived at your king's court yesterday?" "You mean," she exclaimed, "that you are the Dor-ul-Otho?" And now the erstwhile doubting eyes reflected naught but awe.Page 91
" 11 The Sentence of Death But it was an hour before the king re-entered the apartment and in the meantime the ape-man had occupied himself in examining the carvings upon the walls and the numerous specimens of the handicraft of Pal-ul-donian artisans which combined to impart an atmosphere of richness and luxury to the apartment.Page 117
Here there were apertures.Page 120
Its effect upon the GRYF was instantaneous and complete--with a terrific bellow it lowered its three horns and dashed madly in the direction of the sound.Page 133
In the moonlight he could see the sheer cliff rising from the water for a great distance along the shore--far beyond the precincts of the temple and the palace--towering high above him, a seemingly impregnable barrier against his return.Page 142
" "You think it is as bad as that?" he said, a noticeable alteration in his tone and manner.Page 153
If she is not here, where is she? Tell me not that harm has befallen her," and he took a sudden threatening step toward Mo-sar, that sent the chief shrinking back in terror.Page 163
She could not wait, it seemed, for the orderly procedure of the ordeal--she wanted to know at once, and when I caught her trying to slip a knife into my side and questioned her she explained the whole thing with the utmost naivete.Page 193
of the Kor-ul-GRYF nor was the ape-man sorry to see it depart since he had never known at what instant its short temper and insatiable appetite for flesh might turn it upon some of his companions.Page 209
It was here that Tarzan learned the cause of Ta-den's failure to attack at the stipulated time.Page 214