The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the gate, her eyes filled with questioning and
sorrow, for she saw that Meriem was not with him.

"Where is she?" she asked, her voice trembling. "Muviri told me that
she disobeyed your instructions and ran off into the jungle after you
had left them. Oh, John, I cannot bear to lose her, too!" And Lady
Greystoke broke down and wept, as she pillowed her head upon the broad
breast where so often before she had found comfort in the great
tragedies of her life.

Lord Greystoke raised her head and looked down into her eyes, his own
smiling and filled with the light of happiness.

"What is it, John?" she cried. "You have good news--do not keep me
waiting for it."

"I want to be quite sure that you can stand hearing the best news that
ever came to either of us," he said.

"Joy never kills," she cried. "You have found--her?" She could not
bring herself to hope for the impossible.

"Yes, Jane," he said, and his voice was husky with emotion; "I have
found her, and--HIM!"

"Where is he? Where are they?" she demanded.

"Out there at the edge of the jungle. He wouldn't come to you in his
savage leopard skin and his nakedness--he sent me to fetch him
civilized clothing."

She clapped her hands in ecstasy, and turned to run toward the
bungalow. "Wait!" she cried over her shoulder. "I have all his little
suits--I have saved them all. I will bring one to you."

Tarzan laughed and called to her to stop.

"The only clothing on the place that will fit him," he said, "is
mine--if it isn't too small for him--your little boy has grown, Jane."

She laughed, too; she felt like laughing at everything, or at nothing.
The world was all love and happiness and joy once more--the world that
had been shrouded in the gloom of her great sorrow for so many years.
So great was her joy that for the moment she forgot the sad message
that awaited Meriem. She called to Tarzan after he had ridden away to
prepare her for it, but he did not hear and rode on without knowing
himself what the event was to which his wife referred.

And so, an hour later, Korak, The Killer, rode home to his mother--the
mother whose image had never faded in his boyish heart--and found in
her arms and her eyes the love and forgiveness that he plead for.

And then the mother turned toward Meriem, an expression of pitying
sorrow erasing the happiness from her

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