the language of beasts?"
"They are not hideous, and they are not degraded," replied Meriem.
"Friends are never that. I lived among them for years before Bwana
found me and brought me here. I scarce knew any other tongue than that
of the mangani. Should I refuse to know them now simply because I
happen, for the present, to live among humans?"
"For the present!" ejaculated the Hon. Morison. "You cannot mean that
you expect to return to live among them? Come, come, what foolishness
are we talking! The very idea! You are spoofing me, Miss Meriem. You
have been kind to these baboons here and they know you and do not
molest you; but that you once lived among them--no, that is
"But I did, though," insisted the girl, seeing the real horror that the
man felt in the presence of such an idea reflected in his tone and
manner, and rather enjoying baiting him still further. "Yes, I lived,
almost naked, among the great apes and the lesser apes. I dwelt among
the branches of the trees. I pounced upon the smaller prey and
devoured it--raw. With Korak and A'ht I hunted the antelope and the
boar, and I sat upon a tree limb and made faces at Numa, the lion, and
threw sticks at him and annoyed him until he roared so terribly in his
rage that the earth shook.
"And Korak built me a lair high among the branches of a mighty tree.
He brought me fruits and flesh. He fought for me and was kind to
me--until I came to Bwana and My Dear I do not recall that any other
than Korak was ever kind to me." There was a wistful note in the
girl's voice now and she had forgotten that she was bantering the Hon.
Morison. She was thinking of Korak. She had not thought of him a
great deal of late.
For a time both were silently absorbed in their own reflections as they
rode on toward the bungalow of their host. The girl was thinking of a
god-like figure, a leopard skin half concealing his smooth, brown hide
as he leaped nimbly through the trees to lay an offering of food before
her on his return from a successful hunt. Behind him, shaggy and
powerful, swung a huge anthropoid ape, while she, Meriem, laughing and
shouting her welcome, swung upon a swaying limb before the entrance to
her sylvan bower. It was a pretty picture
But was this thing a man? It would have been hard for a watcher in the trees to have decided as the lion's prey resumed its way across the silver tapestry that Luna had laid upon the floor of the dismal jungle, for from beneath the loin cloth of black fur that girdled its thighs there depended a long hairless, white tail.Page 3
To Tarzan it presented evidence that tigers had once roamed the jungles of Africa, possibly giant saber-tooths of another epoch, and these apparently had crossed with lions with the resultant terrors that he occasionally encountered at the present day.Page 22
In a niche in the outer room, just beside the doorway leading to the balcony, were neatly piled a number of rounded pegs from eighteen to twenty inches in length.Page 58
" He started back again through the trees, swiftly, swinging monkey-like from limb to limb, following a zigzag course that he tried to select with an eye for the difficulties of the trail beneath.Page 61
The ape-man finally commenced to entertain an idea of the hopelessness of his case and to realize to the full why the Kor-ul-GRYF had been religiously abjured by the races of Pal-ul-don for all these many ages.Page 88
" "But it is not Bu-lat whom you love," said Tarzan.Page 92
"Seize him," he cried to the warriors about him, "for Lu-don, the high priest, swears that he is an impostor.Page 102
The latter shook his head vehemently and then first placing a hand above his heart he raised his palm in the symbol of peace.Page 104
The air was filled with flying clubs and then as the two forces mingled, the battle resolved itself into a number of individual encounters as each warrior singled out a foe and closed upon him.Page 106
days before but that he had slain the warrior left to guard him and escaped, carrying the head of the unfortunate sentry to the opposite side of Kor-ul-lul where he had left it suspended by its hair from the branch of a tree.Page 118
Directly before him was an oval window crossed by many bars, and beyond he saw the moonlight playing on the waters of the blue lake below.Page 122
Even the very process of exchange from.Page 138
He might have turned and fled back through the corridor but flight now even in the face of dire necessity would but delay him in his pursuit of Mo-sar and his mate.Page 139
Instead she threw herself to the ground each time he sought to place her upon her feet, and so of necessity he was compelled to carry her though at last he tied her hands and gagged her to save himself from further lacerations, for the beauty and slenderness of the woman belied her strength and courage.Page 143
Carry that always in your mind, German.Page 151
Easily can you reach Tu-lur ahead of him and warn Mo-sar of his coming, for he has but only entered the lake.Page 159
She felt that she must have, in addition to a good spear, a knife, and bow and arrows.Page 162
"You have learned this tongue?" she asked.Page 216
The terrible man.Page 220