The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the rein to his pony's neck and moved off toward the
north. Still sat Korak, The Killer, alone among the trees. Now his
hands hung idly at his sides. His weapons and what he had intended
were forgotten for the moment. Korak was thinking. He had noted that
subtle change in Meriem. When last he had seen her she had been his
little, half-naked Mangani--wild, savage, and uncouth. She had not
seemed uncouth to him then; but now, in the change that had come over
her, he knew that such she had been; yet no more uncouth than he, and
he was still uncouth.

In her had taken place the change. In her he had just seen a sweet and
lovely flower of refinement and civilization, and he shuddered as he
recalled the fate that he himself had planned for her--to be the mate
of an ape-man, his mate, in the savage jungle. Then he had seen no
wrong in it, for he had loved her, and the way he had planned had been
the way of the jungle which they two had chosen as their home; but now,
after having seen the Meriem of civilized attire, he realized the
hideousness of his once cherished plan, and he thanked God that chance
and the blacks of Kovudoo had thwarted him.

Yet he still loved her, and jealousy seared his soul as he recalled the
sight of her in the arms of the dapper young Englishman. What were his
intentions toward her? Did he really love her? How could one not love
her? And she loved him, of that Korak had had ample proof. Had she
not loved him she would not have accepted his kisses. His Meriem loved
another! For a long time he let that awful truth sink deep, and from
it he tried to reason out his future plan of action. In his heart was
a great desire to follow the man and slay him; but ever there rose in
his consciousness the thought: She loves him. Could he slay the
creature Meriem loved? Sadly he shook his head. No, he could not.
Then came a partial decision to follow Meriem and speak with her. He
half started, and then glanced down at his nakedness and was ashamed.
He, the son of a British peer, had thus thrown away his life, had thus
degraded himself to the level of a beast that he was ashamed to go to

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