No sound broke the stillness of the subterranean vault.
Tarzan again made his way toward the treasure vault, knowing that in a few hours his blacks would be with him, ready to bear away another fortune in the strangely shaped, golden ingots of Opar.
Before he extinguished the single candle he had brought with him for the purpose, and the flickering light of which had cast the first alleviating rays into the impenetrable darkness of the buried chamber, that it had known for the countless ages since it had lain forgotten of man, Tarzan's mind reverted to that first occasion upon which he had entered the treasure vault, coming upon it by chance as he fled from the pits beneath the temple, where he had been hidden by La, the High Priestess of the Sun Worshipers.
These last words explained a curious smell in the vaults, which we noticed the moment we entered them.
He dabbled in chemistry, down in the horrid under-water vaults of the palace; and he wanted to show me some of his experiments.
The Villefort vault
formed a square of white stones, about twenty feet high; an interior partition separated the two families, and each apartment had its entrance door.
The Lord de Vere went back to his ancestral hall, where he contented himself with a wax-lighted chandelier, and filled, in due course of time, another coffin in the ancestral vault
With this they fell praying to King Jove the son of Saturn, and thus would one of them say as he looked into the vault of heaven, "Father Jove that rulest from Ida, most glorious in power, vouchsafe victory to Ajax, and let him win great glory: but if you wish well to Hector also and would protect him, grant to each of them equal fame and prowess.
The sun was beginning to beat upon the fields, fresh risen into the vault of heaven from the slow still currents of deep Oceanus, when the two armies met.
He stared with puckered-up eyes round the vault, and then lifted up from the floor a handful of something that glittered.
The floor of the vault was buried some five or six feet deep in coined gold and silver that had burst from the sacks it had been originally stored in, and, in the long years, the metal had packed and settled as sand packs at low tide.
Tarzan shuddered at her fate, for even in the dim light of the vault he was impressed by her beauty.
But she would not have it so, and finally persuaded him to follow her, saying that they had already remained in the vault too long to prevent suspicion from falling upon her even if they returned to the temple.
Seeing him grow weary a third traitor, the King's greatest enemy, Robert Grahame, leaped down too into the vault
, "with a horrible and mortal weapon in his hand, and therewithal he smote him through the body, and therewithal the good King fell down.
The scene was a plain, bare, monotonous vault
of a school-room, and the speaker's square forefinger emphasized his observations by underscoring every sentence with a line on the schoolmaster's sleeve.