The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 125

misery until a new day had come.

Had he guessed that by any possibility Meriem might still live he would
at least have had hope. His days could have been devoted to searching
for her; but he implicitly believed that she was dead.

For a long year he led his solitary, roaming life. Occasionally he
fell in with Akut and his tribe, hunting with them for a day or two; or
he might travel to the hill country where the baboons had come to
accept him as a matter of course; but most of all was he with Tantor,
the elephant--the great gray battle ship of the jungle--the
super-dreadnaught of his savage world.

The peaceful quiet of the monster bulls, the watchful solicitude of the
mother cows, the awkward playfulness of the calves rested, interested,
and amused Korak. The life of the huge beasts took his mind,
temporarily from his own grief. He came to love them as he loved not
even the great apes, and there was one gigantic tusker in particular of
which he was very fond--the lord of the herd--a savage beast that was
wont to charge a stranger upon the slightest provocation, or upon no
provocation whatsoever. And to Korak this mountain of destruction was
docile and affectionate as a lap dog.

He came when Korak called. He wound his trunk about the ape-man's body
and lifted him to his broad neck in response to a gesture, and there
would Korak lie at full length kicking his toes affectionately into the
thick hide and brushing the flies from about the tender ears of his
colossal chum with a leafy branch torn from a nearby tree by Tantor for
the purpose.

And all the while Meriem was scarce a hundred miles away.

Chapter 16

To Meriem, in her new home, the days passed quickly. At first she was
all anxiety to be off into the jungle searching for her Korak. Bwana,
as she insisted upon calling her benefactor, dissuaded her from making
the attempt at once by dispatching a head man with a party of blacks to
Kovudoo's village with instructions to learn from the old savage how he
came into possession of the white girl and as much of her antecedents
as might be culled from the black chieftain. Bwana particularly
charged his head man with the duty of questioning Kovudoo relative to
the strange character whom the girl called Korak, and of searching for
the ape-man if he found the slightest evidence upon which to ground a
belief in the existence of such

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Mad King

Page 5
In his eyes lurked the look of the hunted.
Page 7
This girl did not laugh.
Page 10
Here he lowered her to the ground.
Page 19
The man was standing close beside Barney's horse, and the words were scarce out of his month when the American slipped from his saddle to the portcullis and struck the officer full in the face.
Page 25
"If she would but smile," thought Emma von der Tann, "she would detract less from the otherwise pleasant surroundings, but I suppose she serves her purpose in some way, whatever it may be.
Page 26
There was another from Tann among the former servants here.
Page 36
He dreaded the day of reckoning when, at last, she must learn that he was no king.
Page 50
" "Hospital?" queried the young man.
Page 73
The trooper whom Barney had felled had regained consciousness and as he came to his feet rubbing his swollen jaw he saw a disheveled, half-dressed figure running toward him from the sanatorium grounds.
Page 92
With the royal blood in his veins, what was there to prevent this popular hero from some day striving for the throne he had once refused? Leopold knew that the minds of men were wont to change most unaccountably.
Page 127
" The king approached the desk and pounded heavily upon its polished surface with his fist.
Page 138
Below them one of the troopers was struggling to his feet.
Page 160
It led toward the opposite end of the castle.
Page 177
Would they come in time? It.
Page 179
A mighty.
Page 196
Von der Tann, too, must have been deceived.
Page 201
Page 203
A sudden burst of exclamations rose throughout the cathedral, and then Lieutenant Butzow, shouldering his way past the chancel, carried the Princess Emma to a little anteroom off the east transept.
Page 205
Why not again?.
Page 206
The old man did not pause to remove the frame from about his neck.