Rising, the ape-man placed a foot upon the body of his vanquished foe, raised his face toward the thundering heavens, and as the lightning flashed and the torrential rain broke upon him, screamed forth the wild victory cry of the bull ape.
As the thought took firm hold upon him he paused and raising his face to Goro, the moon, cursed with upraised hand the authors of the hideous crime that had been perpetrated in that once peaceful bungalow behind him; and he cursed their progenitors, their progeny, and all their kind the while he took silent oath to war upon them relentlessly until death overtook him.
For a time in sheer exuberance of animal spirit he raced swiftly through the middle terrace, swinging perilously across wide spans from one jungle giant to the next, and then he clambered upward to the swaying, lesser boughs of the upper terrace where the moon shone full upon him
and the air was stirred by little breezes and death lurked ready in each frail branch.
He knew the thing was charging down upon him once again, but he could see nothing.
With drawn long-sword he was among them, and to Thuvia of Ptarth, whose startled eyes were the first to fall upon him, it seemed that she was looking upon John Carter himself, so strangely similar to the fighting of the father was that of the son.
As Tarzan made his lonely way through the jungle paralleling the shore, he felt strong upon him a desire for companionship, so that gradually he commenced to regret that he had not cast his lot with the apes.
A grim smile lay upon the ape-man's lips, for he knew that he had taken his life in his hands to free this savage jungle fellow; nor would it have surprised him had the cat sprung upon him the instant that it had been released.
That the storm was over he was convinced, but he chafed at the inactivity the low visibility put upon him, nor did conditions better materially before night fell, so that he was forced to await the new day at the very spot at which the tempest had deposited him.
Or were his eyes playing some ghastly joke upon him? No, impossible though it was--it was true--the head was moving slowly to the fallen body.
As Tarzan entered the building he was distinctly aware of many eyes upon him
. There was a rustling in the shadows of a near-by corridor, and he could have sworn that he saw a human hand withdrawn from an embrasure that opened above him into the domelike rotunda in which he found himself.
It was the knowledge, suggested by von Horn, that Virginia Maxon would look upon him
in horror, as a grotesque and loathsome monstrosity.
He would leave his bones among these Spanish ravines, or he would do some deed which would call the eyes of men upon him
The monster seemed to be but playing with his victim before he closed his awful jaws upon him
and dragged him down to his dark den beneath the surface to devour him.
He was a thin, wizened man, and, to look upon him
, you could not tell whether he was thirty years old or sixty, so dried up was he even to skin and bone.
Very soon I began to see that I had made some impression upon him
, and after the arrival of some of the other merchants, who showed great joy at once more seeing me alive, he declared that he also recognised me.