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ERB Summary Project The Ape Man, by Tangor 1998 The Return of Tarzan

The Return of Tarzan

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Edited by Steve Wadding


Countess Olga de Coude

Tarzan (Jean C. Tarzan) (John C. Caldwell)

Count Raoul de Coude

Nikolas Rokoff (alias, Monsieur Thuran)

Alexis Paulvitch

Lieutenant Paul D’Arnot

Captain Gerard

Lieutenant Gernois


Ouled-Nail of Sidi Aissa — (misspelled in Chapter 10 of summary)

Sheik Kadour ben Saden

Numa El Adrea

William Cecil Clayton

Jane Porter

Lord Tennington

Hazel Strong



Chief Waziri

Queen La of Opar


Burroughs suffered the same fate of all authors who are initially successful with a best seller: a sequel is required. The Return of Tarzan first appeared in New Story Magazine as a seven part serial in 1913. Burroughs originally offered the manuscript to All-Story. Long time Burroughs editor Metcalf twice rejected the manuscript. Burroughs then sold The Return of Tarzan (working titles Monsieur Tarzan and later The Ape-Man) to New Story for $1,000, which was substantially better than All-Story might have offered. A. C. McClurg published the first edition of The Return of Tarzan in 1915. A. L. Burt Company offered the first reprint in 1916. Gosset & Dunlap did not reprint this follow up to Tarzan of the Apes until 1927.

Chapter 1: The Affair on the Liner

Steve Wadding

The Countess Olga de Coude, a young woman married to an older man, noticed and admired a young man on the deck of the ship. She discovered that he was Monsieur Tarzan.

In the smoking room, Tarzan thought of how he had renounced his birthright for Jane's sake. Jane was engaged to William Cecil Clayton, Lord Greystoke, a title that was rightfully Tarzan's. Tarzan planned to return to the jungle of his birth, but realized that he would miss the companionship of other humans.

Tarzan had earlier noticed two men whispering conspiratorially. One of the men now offered to play cards with three others, sitting opposite Count Raoul de Coude. The second conspirator entered, and stealthily placed something in the count's pocket. The first man accused the count of cheating, claiming he saw the count place cards in his pocket. Tarzan intercepted the second man, and revealed the plot to the card players. The count recognized Nikolas Rokoff and Alexis Paulvitch, and asked Tarzan to drop the matter. Rokoff told Tarzan he would regret interfering.

The count and countess de Coude discussed Rokoff. Olga begged him to leave Rokoff alone, because "blood is thicker than water."

Chapter 2: Forging Bonds of Hate and ----?

Steve Wadding

Tarzan interfered with Rokoff and Paulvitch threatening Olga. Rokoff drew a revolver and tried to fire. Tarzan grabbed it and threw it overboard. Rokoff threatened revenge. The woman had disappeared.

Later, Tarzan noticed Rokoff and Paulvitch walking on deck, and heard the words, "And if she screams you may choke her until--". Tarzan followed them to Olga's room. Olga opened the door for Rokoff. She told him to leave her alone. Rokoff let Paulvitch into the room, and stood guard outside. Paulvitch explained that the newspapers would hear that Olga was entertaining a man in her cabin. There was a woman's scream. Tarzan grabbed Rokoff and broke down the door, to see Paulvitch choking Olga. Olga insisted that the situation be kept secret. Tarzan told Rokoff that if he or Paulvitch bothered Olga again, Tarzan would call them to account for it. Olga expressed her gratitude.

Chapter 3: What Happened in the Rue Maule

Dale Barkman

Tarzan arrives in Paris and goes to see D'Arnot who reprimands him for renouncing his title. Tarzan explains that the title means little to him and to accept it would take it from Cecil Clayton and from Jane.

Tarzan begins to enjoy the temptations of Paris. He smokes too many cigarettes and drinks a lot of absinth. One night, while visiting a music hall, Tarzan senses that he is being watched. He catches a glimpse of the eyes of the watcher and thinks he recognizes them but cannot place them.

After he leaves the hall, he hears a scream for help. He runs to the sound and finds a woman in the midst of a dozen attackers one of whom is Rokoff. The men attack the ape man. Tarzan's jungle bred instincts take over. He fells several of the attackers and the others, including Rokoff, flee. Rokoff calls the police who arrive to find Tarzan with the woman and three men groaning on the floor. The woman turns on Tarzan and tells the police that he was the attacker and that the other men came to her aid. Tarzan tries to tell his side of the tale but when one of the policemen advances upon Tarzan and puts his hand on him, Tarzan leaves him and the others crumpled on the floor and he escapes.

Chapter 4: The Countess Explains

Dale Barkman

Back in D'Arnot's apartment, Tarzan tells his friend of the night's happenings. D'Arnot takes Tarzan to the police to tell his story to an official who is a close friend of D'Arnot's. Upon hearing the story of Tarzan's life and the adventure of the previous night, the police forgive the matter.

D'Arnot receives a letter from an English friend that tells of the upcoming wedding of Jane Porter to Cecil Clayton.

That night, Tarzan and his friend attend the opera but Tarzan has trouble enjoying it as his thoughts are of Jane. As he tries to rid himself of the thoughts, he sees Olga, Countess de Coude looking at him. He goes to her box and the two of them are seen by Rokoff and Paulvitch. Olga tells Tarzan that she has much to tell him but cannot do so at the opera so they make plans to meet the next afternoon.

Tarzan goes to the Count's palace the next day where he and the Countess speak of many things including Rokoff. She tells Tarzan that Rokoff is a Russian spy who is trying to extract secrets that are in the possession of the Count. Tarzan asks why they do not turn Rokoff over to the authorities and she tells him that Rokoff is her brother.

After Tarzan leaves, Rokoff comes from his place of hiding and threatens to tell her husband of her affair with Tarzan if she does not do as he tells her.

Chapter 5: The Plot That Failed

Steve Wadding

Tarzan visited Countess de Coude regularly for the next month, sometimes alone. Olga, much younger than her husband, craved a friend her own age. She trusted Tarzan. Rokoff watched, waiting for a chance to strike. Waiting until the Count would be out until late, Rokoff had Paulvitch call Tarzan with a message that the Countess needed to see him. Then Paulvitch carried a note to the Count saying that a man was with his wife.

Tarzan went to see Olga, who was dressed for bed. She told him she had not sent for him. Tarzan figured out that it was one of Rokoff's plots. He took sought to comfort her, and circumstances got the better of them, and they kissed.

The count arrived in time to see this. He struck Tarzan with his stick. Tarzan reverted to the primitive and attacked the count. He threw the count's body to the floor and gave the cry of the bull ape. Then he came to his sense, helped revive the Count, and left before he awoke.

Tarzan went to Rokoff's residence. Upon threat of death, Rokoff wrote and signed a confession of the plot, and promised that the newspapers would not hear of it. Tarzan then told Rokoff to leave France.

Chapter 6: A Duel

Steve Wadding

The next day, Tarzan told D'Arnot about the events at the de Coude home. A week later, the Count sent his challenge. Tarzan accepted, and chose pistols as the weapon, despite D'Arnot's belief that Tarzan would be killed. Tarzan remained calm about the whole matter. He did not fear death. He wrote letters for D'Arnot to deliver.

The day of the duel came. Tarzan and de Coude were each given a pistol with three shots. They stood back to back, walked ten paces, and turned. De Coude fired. Tarzan started, but left the pistol at his side. De Coude fired again, and knew that both shots had hit. Unnerved, his last shot missed. Tarzan offered his pistol to the Count, saying that only by death could he atone for the wrong he had done. He said that Olga had no blame in the matter, and gave the Count Rokoff's confession. Everyone became fast friends, and the doctor treated Tarzan's two wounds.

The Count found a job for Tarzan, starting with ministry of war, and involving travel. Tarzan left Paris for Marseilles and Oran.

Chapter 7: The Dancing Girl of Sidi Aissa

David Adams

Special agent Tarzan is sent to Algeria to keep an eye on Lieutenant Gernois, who is suspected of traitorous dealings with a foreign power. His cover as an American hunter and traveler (and a fortunate friendship with one of the officers, Captain Gerard) allows him to travel with a company of spahis on their way to Bou Saada in the Petit Sahara, the destination of Gernois as well.

Along the way, in Sidi Aissa, Tarzan employs a youthful Arab, Abdul, as a servant and interpreter. Tarzan catches the eye and the heart of an Ouled-Nail, a slave, dancing girl at a cafe. She warns Tarzan of a (Rokoff) plot to kill him, and the three escape a host of surly Arabs to a rooftop in an exciting, running battle.

Chapter 8: The Fight In The Desert

David Adams

Tarzan promises to return the slave girl to her father, who happens to be the great sheik, Kadour ben Saden. Tarzan had just purchased a horse from him in that very city (Sidi Aissa) so the reunion with her father is a simple matter.

Early the next day, Tarzan and Abdul, the sheik and his daughter, and four of the sheik's men, head across the desert to Bou Saada. They are followed by six horsemen.

Tarzan and Abdul stay behind while the other ride on to Bou Sadda, and they fight the six horsemen, killing two. Surrounded and in dire straits, they are rescued by the returning sheik and his men.

The sheik and his daughter return to their home in the wilderness. Tarzan has new friends, and a rough speaking acquaintance with Arabic. He muses upon the idea of returning to live with them forever once his mission is accomplished.

Chapter 9: Numa "El Adrea"

Deon Beswick

Tarzan receives a letter from D'Arnot. It states how D'Arnot ran into Philander and his friends unexpectedly, and gained news of Jane's approaching marriage. Jane had apparently been delaying the wedding and passed on a message about how happy her time in the jungle had been. Clayton's friend Tennington was encouraging the whole party to help him circumnavigate Africa. Further news related how the De Coudes wished Tarzan well and had made Rokoff leave France. D'Arnot himself was returning to his ship and sailing under sealed orders. Tarzan muses over Jane's comments and finds some happiness. The next three weeks are uneventful, with Tarzan playing his role as hunter, apart from a near miss from a lone bullet while out of camp. Captain Gerard then invites Tarzan lion hunting near Djelfa with Gernois. A party of Arabs accompany them, but vanish later apparently after speaking with Gernois, who Tarzan has determined to be the sniper. The French party splits and hunts for marauders attacking local tribesmen. Tarzan accompanies Gernois, but is ordered to wait while Gernois searches the area with his men. Tarzan falls asleep on his horse but is woken by Numa El Adrea, the black lion. Tarzan loses his horse but kills the lion with his rifle. He then returns towards camp, stalked by Arab marauders.

Chapter 10: Through the Valley of the Shadow

Deon Beswick

As Tarzan walks through the night he becomes aware of his pursuers, and realizes Gernois has set him up. The Arabs shoot him and carry his unconscious body away, hoping for a reward. At noon, after Tarzan has recovered from his flesh wound, the Arabs reach a douar where the people mock and abuse this prisoner. However, a local sheik drives them away respecting Tarzan's bravery as a lion-killer. Tarzan is left in a tent, strongly bound. Later that night, Tarzan is visited by Rokoff, disguised as an Arab. The sheik again stops any abuse of Tarzan, and declares Tarzan can only be killed far away from the douar so the French can't take revenge on his people. Rokoff declares he will take Tarzan away and kill him in the morning and leaves. Later Tarzan hears a lion approaching. However, what enters the tent secretly is the Ouled-Nail of Sisi Aissa who frees him. She explains how she owes him a rescue and her cousin heard of his capture. They then find the lion has taken the horses she left for their escape. Resigned, they make their way on foot only to encounter Numa, El Adrea. Tarzan borrows the girl's knife and prepares for battle. The lion springs.

Chapter 11: John Caldwell, London

Terry Klasek

El Adrea seeking an easy meal in Tarzan and the Oulad-Nail is dispatched quickly. Awe permeates the Oulad-Nail.

Tarzan goes to the Douar of the Oulad-Nail's Sheik who extends total hospitality. Tarzan returns to Bou Saada, receives his awaiting mail, and sets off to the garrison to see Captain Gerard. Lt. Gernois' discrepancy in stories is discovered. He aids Rokoff sullenly devoid of the last of his honor. Gernois commits suicide as Rokoff follows Tarzan to Algiers.

Tarzan, travelling as John Caldwell, writes a full account of the affair on the ship bound for Cape Town. Tarzan meets Jane's friend, Hazel Strong, and they become friends.

Chapter 12: Ships That Pass

Terry Klasek

Chapter begins with a flashback. The continuation of what transpired following the ending of "Tarzan of the Apes." Cecil discovers the telegram knowing Tarzan is the heir and not he. He says nothing. Jane, Clayton and company return to England and Tarzan goes to France.

Postponing the wedding numerous times Jane decides to yacht around Africa with Lord Tennington. Everyone else goes too. The yacht Jane is on passes the steamer Tarzan is on during a night early in the voyages.

Tarzan meets Jane's long time friend, Hazel Strong, on the ship. He meets Rokoff and Paulvitch, under assumed names, and steers them away from Hazel. One opportune night they pitch Tarzan overboard far from land believing they have rid themselves of their hated enemy forever.

Tarzan falls past Hazel's porthole, but she believes that a bundle of trash had passed.

Chapter 13: The Wreck of the "Lady Alice"

Hadron of Hastor

One morning at breakfast, Miss Strong sees that Tarzan's place is unoccupied. She notices, too, that M. Thuran (who is really Rokoff) is in excellent spirits; she has no reason to suspect any connection between Tarzan's absence and Thuran's good mood. Worried, Miss Strong talks to the ship's Captain, who orders the ship searched from stem to stern. No trace of Tarzan is found.

Thuran tells Hazel of his "love" for her, after learning that she is wealthy. His advances are not accepted.

The ship lands in Cape Town. One day, Hazel bumps into her oldest, dearest friend, Jane Porter. Lord Tennington invited them to join him on his yacht, on which he proposes to sail from Cape Town to England. Thuran ingratiates himself with Tennington, and is invited to join the cruise.

Hazel tells Jane of the disappearance of the man she knew as "John C. Caldwell." Upon learning that it was, in fact, her beloved Tarzan of the Apes, Jane is heart-broken to learn that her true love lives no more.

Aboard Tennington's yacht, misfortune strikes. The engine breaks down -- a squall strikes, washing almost everything overboard -- two sailors get embroiled in a knife-fight -- the first mate falls overboard and drowns. Then, two nights later -- an explosion.

Lifeboats are lowered; everyone scrambles on them. The yacht sinks to the bottom. Jane is in a lifeboat with Thuran, William Clayton, and three of the yacht's sailors, with no other boats in sight.

Ch. 14 - Back to the Primitive

Hadron of Hastor

As Tarzan fell into the sea, it did not occur to him to call for help until it was too late. With long, easy strokes, he swims to the east and land, guided by the stars. With the coming of dawn, he comes across a derelict; he clambers onto it and soon falls asleep.

The heat of the sun awakens him. Overcome by thirst, he discovers an overturned life-boat, and the dim outline of a distant shore to the east.

He reaches that shore -- and finds himself by his own Jungle, near that cabin built by his father -- the cabin in which he himself had been born. Coming ashore, he voices the cry that is the "fierce, wild challenge of his tribe."

Needing weapons, he heads for the village of Mbonga, which proves to have been long deserted.

Later, Tarzan picks up the scent of a man. Armed with his rope, he searches for the source of that scent. Tarzan finds a black warrior. He contemplates killing the man to get his weapons, but holds back.

He detects Numa, stalking the black. As Numa prepares to attack, Tarzan cries out in warning. The black turns, to see Numa hauled upward, the noose of a strong grass rope firmly around his neck. Together, Tarzan and the black warrior slay the lion.

The two men look at each other across the body of their kill. The black makes the sign of peace and friendship, and the ape-man reciprocates.

Chapter 15: From Ape to Savage

Bob Zeuschner

The noise of the battle with Numa attracted the black villagers, who welcomed Tarzan with gifts of food and weapons, and a jungle feast that night. Tarzan decided that from now on he would not kill a man, or at least wait until he knew the man deserved death.

During the feast Tarzan discovers that the natives wear ornaments of pure gold, but he cannot speak their language to determine from where they obtained it. Tarzan spends several weeks with his new friends, learning their language and customs. Busuli, the man Tarzan had saved from the lion, told Tarzan how a generation before the slave raiders had nearly destroyed the tribe and how they had fled until they found a place the Arab raiders did not come. Tarzan asks Busuli where the gold ornaments come from. Busuli says a month's march to the southeast where a wicked tribe of men covered in hair like a gorilla, who lived in stone homes, who had ornaments and even cooking pots made of gold. The old chief, Waziri, promises to take Tarzan to this place when the rainy season is over.

Tarzan, now completely integrated into the group and thinking of himself as a member of the tribe, accompanies them on an elephant hunt. A second time he saves Busuli from death, this time by killing a wounded elephant with a thrust of his spear through its heart. Then they hear the sound of many rifles coming from the direction of the village.

Chapter 16: The Ivory Raiders

Bob Zeuschner

The warriors hurriedly return to the village, and encounter fugitives who describe the attackers as many Arabs and their black soldiers. The mission is now one of revenge for their murdered tribesman.

The old king, Waziri, orders the warriors to rush into the village. Tarzan suggests another plan. The Arabs and blacks outnumber Tarzan's group, who do not have guns, so they need a way to win by cunning. He advises Waziri to wait until dark. Old Waziri is told of the gruesome death of his wife. Enraged, he orders a charge. Half of the warriors are killed by the Arabs. Those remaining flee into the jungle, chased by Arabs and soldiers.

Tarzan tells them to regroup where they had hunted elephants. He returns to the village. The village is almost empty as the Arabs are in the jungle pursuing the Waziri tribesmen. Tarzan kills the guard and frees fifty enslaved women and youths, leading them into the jungle and safety.

The next morning Tarzan explains his plan. Place the finest archers of the tribe high in trees around the village to snipe at the Arabs. The plan is spectacularly successful. At the end of the first day, 20 Arabs and blacks had been killed without a single casualty of the tribe of Waziri. The warriors agree to follow Tarzan's directions from now on. They go back to their hiding place. Tarzan sleeps until midnight, and returns to the village, creeping up on the sentry who turns and faces Tarzan.

Chapter 17: The White Chief of the Waziri

Bob Zeuschner

Swift as lightning Tarzan grabs the sentry before the man can cry out, choking him, and then carrying him and his weapons into a tree overlooking the village. Tarzan aims his newly acquired rifle at the hut of the chief Arabs, and fires. Someone cries out. The Arabs and their soldiers fire wildly in all directions, but can find no foe. When everything quiets down, Tarzan moans and then throws the dead body of the sentry into the village. Chaos ensues. The terrorized blacks believe that a supernatural demon was the cause and demand to leave at daybreak.

The Arab leaders agree, and early the next morning the column enters the jungle, the blacks carrying the ivory looted from the village. But, with every mile they trek, a silent arrow or spear kills one after another. For three days of travel, Arabs and blacks fall victim to arrows or the occasional gunshot. Now there are only 30 Arabs and about 150 black soldiers still alive.

The blacks are completely demoralized, and Tarzan calls out to them, urging them to kill their cruel Arab masters or die. Ten minutes later, all the Arabs are dead. Tarzan convinces the blacks to carry the ivory back to the village, and promises that they will not be harmed.

The ivory is returned, and in a great victory celebration, Tarzan is chosen the new king of the tribe of Waziri.

Chapter 18: The Lottery of Death

Bob Zeuschner

Jane Porter awakens the morning after the wreck of the Lady Alice, and discovers that none of the other three lifeboats are within sight. Clayton, Monsieur Thuran and the sailors awake. They discover that the oars had slipped away during the night, and then they find that there is no food or water on board. They are all filled with horror.

As the days go by the weak and dying party lay in the sunlight, suffering terribly. After a week, one sailor dies. Another sailor, sinking into insanity, suggests that they eat the body. Clayton and Thuran throw the body overboard. Finally, only Jane, Clayton, Thuran, and one sailor are left alive. Thuran proposes that one die so that the others can live. The sailor agrees. The three men draw lots, but with his skills at cheating, Thuran is in no danger of choosing the franc coin of death. After the first round of choosing, no one gets the coin of death. Cracking under the strain, the sailor jumps overboard. Jane has not spoken in three days, and is nearing death. Clayton draws the fatal coin, and agrees to die so Jane might survive. He asks Thuran to wait until dark so Jane will not see him die. Thuran agrees.

Later that night both Thuran and Clayton are too weak to move. After several hours, finally Clayton feels Thuran close beside him. He hears a cackling laugh, something touches his face, and he loses consciousness.

Chapter 19: The City of Gold

Bob Zeuschner

Tarzan, king of the Waziri, prepares for an expedition to the ruined city where the people eat off of golden dishes. Choosing fifty sturdy warriors, they march for twenty-five days until finally reaching a mountainside. From the mountaintop, Tarzan can see a ruined city showing red and yellow in the sunlight. The group marches to the ruined walls. Tarzan leads them into a large building, with walls filled with carvings of men and beasts, with inlaid tablets of gold. All can feel the presence of eyes following their every step. The Waziri counsel Tarzan to leave this terrible place, and Tarzan tells them leave, while he searches for storerooms of gold.

A weird scream is repeated again and again as Tarzan approaches a doorway. Tarzan pushes against the door, which opens into a black chamber. Tarzan enters, and immediately hands clutch at him. Tarzan fights mightily. Overcome by sheer numbers, Tarzan is bound and carried to an open courtyard. Tarzan sees a hundred short stocky men with great beards and receding brows. Their crooked legs are short and heavy, their arms long and muscular. Golden ornaments encircle their arms and legs. Testing his ropes, Tarzan thinks that he might be able to break them.

The rays of the sun penetrate the courtyard and twenty beast-like men begin to chant and shuffle around Tarzan. They lift their bludgeons and rush at him. A female figure carrying a bludgeon of gold leaps alongside Tarzan and pushes back the frightful men.

Chapter 20: La

Bob Zeuschner

The woman leads Tarzan to a chamber with an altar. Tarzan realizes that he is to be sacrificed to the sun god.

A young, beautiful high priestess enters carrying a jeweled knife. The woman speaks to Tarzan in a language he does not know. Tarzan replies in several languages she does not understand.

The beast-men lift Tarzan upon the altar. All have small golden cups to hold the victim's blood. As the priestess chants, Tarzan hears an altercation beginning. The priestess raises the knife over Tarzan's heart. Before she can strike, the commotion escalates with a priest gone mad, swinging his cudgel at everyone nearby. The insane priest creeps up to high priestess. She tries to reason with him. They speak the language of the great apes. The madman prepares to strike the priestess. Tarzan snaps his ropes. By the time he is on his feet the room is empty. He hears the sound of running feet coming from a dark tunnel. Tarzan follows. Far below the building, Tarzan kills the priest and rescues the priestess, asking her to lead him to freedom.

The girl says she is La, high priestess of Opar. She says Tarzan is the sort of man she has been dreaming of since she was a little girl. She tells Tarzan that she will hide him, and lead him to freedom in a few days. Tarzan follows her to a small room deep in the temple, where she says he will be safe. She leaves.

Chapter 21: The Castaways

Stan Galloway

Clayton and the others are revived by rain. They land on the beach, unaware they are only six miles south of the Greystoke cabin. Weak and nearly dead, Clayton and Thuran built a rude dwelling with two rooms. For many weeks they barely stay alive. One day Jane and Clayton are surprised too far from shelter by a lion. Clayton shrinks to his knees and sobs rather than turn his stick toward the beast. When the lion fails to strike, the two discover it dead with a spear through it with no explanation of the spear-thrower's identity. Jane dissolves her engagement with Clayton, having realized he is not the kind of man she needs.

Chapter 22: The Treasure Vaults of Opar

Stan Galloway

La brings Tarzan word that the others are furious at his escape and that he is safe where he is because it is a room for the dead. The others, but not La, believe spirits of the dead sacrifice anyone living in that place. La leads him to a safer place. Tarzan discovers that one wall joins an ancient corridor that had been bricked over. Tarzan dismantles the bricks and follows to a well shaft. By the aid of the moon, he finds the hallway continues on the other side of the shaft. A great leap leads him on to a room filled with ingots. He follows another tunnel from that place to a concealed exit high atop a boulder a mile outside the city. He discovers the ingot he brought with him is gold. He finds his Waziri contemplating a return for him and leads them to the boulder where he hauls each one to the top. The carry off all the gold they can bear. Tarzan has them leave the gold and return home. Tarzan then reburies it in a long trench at the ancient site of the dum-dum. The next day he smells man and finds a man and woman about to be jumped by a lion. He spears the lion then recognizes the woman clinging to the man as Jane. For a long moment he aims an arrow at the man, then dropping his aim, "turn[s] sadly . . . toward the village of the Waziri."

CHAPTER 23: Fifty frightful men

Louis Malcangi

Jane and William Clayton wondered who it was that saved them, and why he wouldn't show himself? As they returned to the safety of the shelter Jane apologized for her outburst. She told William that she could not marry him.

The next day Clayton went hunting though he worried about Jane's safety. While he was away Jane was captured by a band of 50 grotesque gorilla-like savages. They took her to a ruined city and locked her in a dark chamber beneath. Food and water were provided so she would be in fit condition to be offered to the Flaming God.

Although the woman he loved was in the arms of another Tarzan was glad he didn't kill Clayton. He decided not too return to the Waziri, but suffer alone by himself. He took residence in the amphitheater of the apes. After several days a tribe of apes approached and he recognized many of them. He decided to address them and was welcomed back in peace. Soon a young bull tried to assert superiority over Tarzan and soon found himself in Tarzan's death grip. Tarzan spared his life, showing him who was master.

Happy as he was among the apes, he felt guilty about leaving Jane in a perilous situation. He decided that he would go back and protect her. Before he could leave he heard news of a group of hairy faced bulls and a light colored she. Tarzan realized that the Oparians had carried off Jane.

CHAPTER 24: How Tarzan came again to Opar

Louis Malcangi

When Clayton had returned from hunting he found Thuran had recovered from his fever and was rational again. Jane was nowhere to found and Thuran had no knowledge of what had happened. Clayton searched for Jane with no luck. Soon Clayton was struck by the fever and was left for dead by Thuran who headed north in search of civilization.

In Lord Tennington's camp they prepared permanent quarters as they waited for news of the missing passengers. In speaking to Hazel about Thuran, Tennington learned that they were not engaged. He then struggled to say the words of love that would not come out, suddenly Thuran stumbled out of the jungle. They questioned him regarding the fate of the others and he told them they were dead.

A young woman came for Jane and after performing a religious ceremony she led her to a courtyard. Jane felt safe among religious people--until she saw the blood stained altar! She was soon bound and laid across it.

Tarzan raced across the jungle at incredible speed back to Opar. Upon arriving he entered his secret passage and raced into the city. He soon was able to hear the dance of Death that preceded a sacrifice. He had to act quickly and he tried to climb into the courtyard by way of a well opening. As he climbed he felt his rope slipping bit by bit. Would it hold or would his weight hurtle him to unknown depths?

Chapter 25 - Through the Forest Primeval

Steve Wadding

The rope stopped slipping. Tarzan finished climbing. He could tell that the sacrifice would be soon. He arrived at the sacrificial chamber La's knife descended towards Jane. Tarzan roared, grabbed a cudgel from a priest, and fought his way to the altar. He picked up the unconscious Jane and told her that Jane was his. La sank to the floor in despair.

Tarzan left Opar through the pits, sealing the false wall behind him. He looked back across the plain to see men of Opar following them. He did not want to risk Jane in a fight, so he ran, maintaining his distance from them. He climbed down the cliff, where the Oparians stopped.

Jane revived much later, being carried through the trees. She had thought Tarzan was dead, and now believed that she was dead, also. Tarzan told her they were both alive. Still convinced that she was dreaming, she asked Tarzan to kiss her, which he did. Tarzan had thought that Jane was married to Clayton. Jane told him that she was free. Tarzan corrected the lies Monsieur Thuran had told her about him. They made there way to the coast to help Clayton.

They encountered a group of Waziri. They arrived at Clayton's shelter. Tarzan revived Clayton with water. He knew he would die. Clayton told them how Thuran had deserted him. He said he had wronged them, handed Jane a piece of paper, and died. Jane read the paper: "Finger prints prove you Greystoke."

Chapter 26 - The Passing of the Ape-Man

Steve Wadding

They headed towards Tarzan's cabin, carrying Clayton's body. Partway there, they found Professor Porter wandering along the beach. There was a tearful reunion. Porter told them that Thuran had said Clayton had died days ago. When they reached the cabin, they found D'Arnot. His ship had stopped and found Tennington's party. Tennington and Thuran were out walking.

Jane convinced Tarzan that Thuran, who was really Rokoff, should be left for the authorities. Tennington and Rokoff arrived. Rokoff shot at Tarzan, but Tennington spoiled his aim. Tarzan grabbed Rokoff and turned him over to D'Arnot. Jane introduced Tarzan to Tennington as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke. Tarzan fetched the gold ingots taken from Opar. They were loaded onto the ship.

Before they left, Tarzan asked Jane if they could be married at the cabin. Tennington proposed that he and Hazel Strong be married, making it a double wedding. Professor Porter, who in his younger days had been ordained a minister, performed the ceremony. They sailed the next day.