of a maniac.
Nine days passed, and I was weak from hunger and thirst, but no
longer suffering--I was past that. Then, down through the darkness
above, a little parcel fell to the floor at my side.
Indifferently I groped for it, thinking it but some new invention
of my jailers to add to my sufferings.
At last I found it--a tiny package wrapped in paper, at the end of
a strong and slender cord. As I opened it a few lozenges fell to
the floor. As I gathered them up, feeling of them and smelling
of them, I discovered that they were tablets of concentrated food
such as are quite common in all parts of Barsoom.
Poison! I thought.
Well, what of it? Why not end my misery now rather than drag out
a few more wretched days in this dark pit? Slowly I raised one of
the little pellets to my lips.
"Good-bye, my Dejah Thoris!" I breathed. "I have lived for you
and fought for you, and now my next dearest wish is to be realized,
for I shall die for you," and, taking the morsel in my mouth, I
One by one I ate them all, nor ever did anything taste better than
those tiny bits of nourishment, within which I knew must lie the
seeds of death--possibly of some hideous, torturing death.
As I sat quietly upon the floor of my prison, waiting for the end,
my fingers by accident came in contact with the bit of paper in
which the things had been wrapped; and as I idly played with it,
my mind roaming far back into the past, that I might live again for
a few brief moments before I died some of the many happy moments
of a long and happy life, I became aware of strange protuberances
upon the smooth surface of the parchment-like substance in my hands.
For a time they carried no special significance to my mind--I merely
was mildly wondrous that they were there; but at last they seemed
to take form, and then I realized that there was but a single line
of them, like writing.
Now, more interestedly, my fingers traced and retraced them. There
were four separate and distinct combinations of raised lines. Could
it be that these were four words, and that they were intended to
carry a message to me?
The more I thought of it the more excited I became, until my fingers
raced madly back and forth over those bewildering little hills and
valleys upon that bit of paper.
Suddenly Tarzan's attention was riveted upon the picture in the glass.Page 8
"What do you mean? Are you a fool that you thus again insult Nikolas Rokoff?" "This is my answer to your note, monsieur," said Tarzan, in a low voice.Page 9
"Twice now has monsieur seen fit to interfere in matters which do not concern him.Page 29
He would have had to leave the war department.Page 49
It was this information which the government suspected the great power was bartering for with the officer.Page 58
" "A prisoner!" ejaculated Tarzan incredulously.Page 64
girl had added her entreaties to those of her father; but, though he could not explain it to them, Tarzan's duties loomed particularly large after the happenings of the past few days, so that he could not think of leaving his post for an instant.Page 66
I returned to Paris day before yesterday, and yesterday I met the Count and Countess de Coude at the races.Page 72
At last the valley was submerged in shadow Tarzan was too proud to go back to camp until he had given the detachment ample time to return to the valley, which he thought was to have been their rendezvous.Page 76
"And here is another, and another, and another," he continued, as he kicked Tarzan about the face and side.Page 81
It was, of course, difficult to understand, yet it was very evident that they did.Page 103
" Visits were exchanged between the yacht and Hazel's relatives.Page 141
The last remnant of his civilization was forgotten--he was a primitive man to the fullest now; reveling in the freedom of the fierce, wild life he loved, gloating in his kingship among these wild blacks.Page 145
" Wilson staggered up menacingly to prevent the contemplated act, but when his comrade, Spider, took sides with Clayton and Monsieur Thuran he gave up, and sat eying the corpse hungrily as the three men, by combining their efforts, succeeded in rolling it overboard.Page 153
But at length, by dint of commands, and threats that he would enter the city alone, they agreed to accompany him.Page 160
Then it started downward, slowly at first, but as the incantation increased in rapidity, with greater speed.Page 165
My strain has remained clearer than the rest because for countless ages my foremothers were high priestesses--the sacred office descends from mother to daughter.Page 186
As he contemplated his return to the Waziri the idea became repugnant.Page 187
"Karnath, I am Tarzan of the Apes," said the ape-man in the vernacular of the tribe.Page 205
I'd rather die.