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EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS'
Son of Tarzan
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Edited by David A. Adams
Introduction by David A. Adams and David Bruce Bozarth
Copyright © 2001
Alexis Paulvitch, aka Michael Savrov
Simpson, Marjorie W. sailor
Akut, aka Ajax
Harold Moore, Jack Clayton's tutor
Jack Clayton, aka Korak the Killer
Jane, "My Dear" to Meriem
Willie Grimsby, Jack's friend
Tarzan, John Clayton Lord Greystoke, "Bwana" to Meriem
Condon, an American crook
Billings, Jack's assumed name
Herr Skopt, hotel proprietor
Sherlock Holmes, mentioned
Captain Armand Jacot, (Prince de Cadanet)
Achmet ben Houdin, Arab leader
Jeanne, Jacot's daughter aka Meriem
Sheik Amor ben Khatour, uncle of Houdin, "father" of Meriem
Sven Malbihn, "Mister Hanson"
Mabuno, old hag
Geeka, Meriem's doll
Mbeeda, Arab head man
Kovudoo, native chief
Goob, a baboon
Hon. Morison Baynes
Ali ben Kadin
This novel was written between January 21 and May 11, 1915. SON was first published as a six-part serial in All-Story Weekly, December 4, 11, 18, 25, 1915; January 1, 8, 1916. The first book edition was by A.C. McClurg & Co., March 10, 1917. SON OF TARZAN is a logical extension of the well-received Tarzan trilogy of APES, RETURN and BEASTS. Burroughs' readers expected a followup and were not disappointed by the thrilling adventure and romance provided in SON--however, meshing Korak's age and the novel's events with later tales of Tarzan continues to drive Tarzan scholars nuts. If one puts pencil to paper and subtracts one date from another then compares to the apparent timeline internal to later Tarzan novels, it is obvious the ape-man's son could NOT have been old enough to assist his father during World War I! ERB fans and scholars have two choices: joyously debate the discrepancy and then provide speculation to justify SON (or Tarzan), or go with the obvious: ERB either made a determined judgement to write a son novel or made a mistake in chronology and did not worry over inconsistencies. Scholarly pursuits aside, there is little to negate the solid and powerful tale Burroughs relates as Tarzan's son comes of age.
CHAPTER 1 (David Adams)
Crew members of the “Marjorie W” sailing in a long boat down the Ugambi river come upon a emaciated white man three miles from the sea. He is naked but for a loin cloth, tears pouring down his pock-marked cheeks. He identifies himself as Michael Savrov, but his real name is Alexis Paulvitch. Paulvitch has been the prisoner of a cannibal tribe for ten long years. For some reason they did not kill him, but he was abused and suffered from smallpox and was so changed that even his mother would not recognize him. His friend, the arch-fiend Rokoff, had been killed and eaten by Sheeta aboard the “Kincaid” so long ago (Beasts of Tarzan). Perhaps this toothless, broken man would have been better off had he died as well. Though still in his thirties, he could easily have passed for eighty. The only emotion he had left is Hate. During a lay-over at an island, a friendly ape approaches Paulvitch. He decides to keep it and show it in civilization for a great profit. Paulvitch saves the ape from destruction when it attacks some crew members when Simpson stuck it with a pin. The ape looks closely into every face. He is looking for someone. The ape, named Ajax, looks at every crew member, but is disappointed at the results. When they arrive in London, he is taken to a famous animal trainer, and both he and Paulvitch live at the circus.
Mr. Harold Moore, the tutor of the son of Tarzan and Jane find his pupil to be indifferent in his studies. All he thinks about is feats of physical prowess and reading about savage beasts and the lives and customs of uncivilized peoples. Jack begs his parents, Tarzan and Jane, to be allowed to go to see Ajax, the educated ape, at one of the music halls but they refuse him because Jane wants to discourage his tendency toward the savage life that she fears he has inherited from his father. Jack has been told nothing of Tarzan’s early life in the jungle. Jack tells his father that he will go to see Ajax and appear for punishment after the deed is done. The same evening, Jack ties and gags his tutor and goes to the music hall. Ajax finds Jack in his box at the theater and refuses to go back to his trainer. The trussed-up tutor is discovered by Tarzan and Jane, and Tarzan heads for the music hall in his car.
When Tarzan arrives, Ajax/Akut recognizes him immediately. Tarzan is finally forced to explain his early life to his son, and Jane hopes that the lure of the wild has not been transmitted to the boy. When Paulvitch will not sell the ape to Tarzan, Jack goes to him, revealing his identity as the son of Lord Greystoke. Jack goes back often and begins to learn the ape’s language. Finally, Paulvitch agrees to sell the ape to Tarzan so he can be returned to Africa. Jack goes to Paulvitch and gets him to agree his taking Akut to Dover. Paulvitch ties up Jack and tries to strangle him with his bare hands, but Akut kills the villain and frees the lad.
For an entire month Tarzan thinks that Jack is away at boarding school. In actuality, Jack has dressed Akut like an old lady in a wheelchair and has taken him aboard a ship bound for Africa. On shipboard, Jack (under the assumed name of Billings) meets Condon, an American crook who wants to rob him of his money. Reaching Africa, Jack and “Granny” Akut put up in a “Hotel” where Condon tries to rob him, but he is killed by Akut. Jack discovers he has lost his money, so he strips the corpse of Condon looking for the bankroll, all in vain because he dropped it back at the ship. Afraid of being hung for murder, he runs off into the jungle dressed only in thin pajamas, accompanied by Akut. Herr Skopf, the proprietor of the hotel, discovers the body of Condon and left with a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes.
Captain Armand Jacot of the Foreign Legion has just captured a band of marauders and their ring leader, Achmet ben Houdin. He longs to be home with his wife and daughter, Jeanne. Sheik Amor ben Khatour, the uncle of Houdin rides up with his horsemen wanting the release of his nephew, offering Jacot a great deal of gold. Jacot refuses; Houdin is hung. (All this happened three years before the opening of this tale.) A month after the hanging, Jeanne Jacot, the seven-year-old daughter of Jacot mysteriously disappears. She is sought for years by many including two Swedes, Carl Jenssen and Sven Malbihn, who give up the hunt and turn to ivory poaching. “Remember them - - you will meet them later.” Meriem plays with her doll “Geeka” in front of an Arab tent watched over by Mabuno, an old black hag. Meriem is often abused and beaten by Mabuno and her abductor “father” Sheik Khatour. The two Swedes come into the Arab camp looking for ivory and see the white girl and immediately know it is Jacot’s daughter. They bribe Mbeeda, the head man, to bring the little girl to them by night, but when the covered litter arrives it contains the dead body of Mbeeda himself. The Swedes run for their lives.
Akut and Jack eat and drink in the jungle; all the while Jack gets lessons in jungle lore from the ape. He teaches him to use all of his senses, especially hearing and smell. They avoid a lion at the waterhole with extensive (actually garrulous) instructions from Akut. Jack is having the time of his life. He smells a lion and “the scent of Numa, the lion, transform(ed) the boy into a beast.” They are attacked by a lioness, and climbing a tree Jack looses his pajama trousers to the lion’s claws as she passes by; so now he is half-naked. They travel for a month or two, and Jack discovers that he has a natural ability to swing through the trees like an ape. He loses his pajama top to a monkey and discovers that its is more comfortable to be naked than half-clothed. They come upon a native village but are driven away. Jack circles back and strangles a man. He is thrilled at the kill and involuntarily places one foot upon the body. He tries to cry out a strange, weird cry, but only silence will mark this and all his future kills.
Jack comes back to Akut carrying a spear and shield, wearing the dead man’s loin cloth and iron and brass bands upon ankle and arm. He also has a knife. Jack learns jungle lore so well that it becomes an open book to him. He sense of smell becomes as profound as Tarzan’s own. It was largely “instinctive knowledge -- a species of strange intuition inherited from his father.” He is loving his life but determines to return to a port as soon as . . . well whenever. He looks forward to seeing white men again, but “He no longer looked upon the black man as his brother; but rather as only another of the innumerable foes of the bloodthirsty jungle -- a beast of prey which walked upon two feet instead of four.” Jack is getting a “big head” and thinks he can meet a Numa with his spear, but when the chance happens he has to pole-vault over the beast to escape. He lands in a thorn tree, and it takes him days to recover from his wounds. They follow the spoor of a safari (Jenssen and Malbihn). When Jack sees the white men beating the native porters with heavy whips he is appalled that they should treat “their people” this way. Jack walks toward the safari, but they fire at him and drive him away. Sad Jack says he has no friend other than Akut. They agree to go and find the great apes -- "our people."
David Bruce Bozarth
A year passes. Meriem pours her heart to Geeka, her doll, with nebulous plans to escape her hardships and torture by the Sheik and Mabunu. One day, near a tree inside the palisade, she plays with Geeka, unaware of a movement in the branches above. Jack has grown physically and mentally, tutored by Akut, "As the two searched for a band of the almost extinct species of ape to which Akut belonged..." (This is one of ERB's early references the mangani are a different branch of primates than those commonly found in Africa.) Clad in a cured leopard skin taken from a native he killed, he and Akut respond to Dum-Dum drums. Korak (Jack's jungle name which means Killer) and Akut mock battle, though Korak's instinctively learned boxing always bested Akut, until they scent a passing Sheeta. The boy and ape continue to the distant Dum-Dum. Akut hopes the mangani would know of Tarzan as they wait until the frenzy passed. Akut makes overtures to the tribe's king, speaking of Tarzan and their prowess. The king ape is not impressed. Korak, weary of rejection by blacks and whites he has met, challenges the ape, inflicting injury, but Akut intervenes, swinging Korak into the trees. Akut counsels the angry Korak: they are many, you are few!
David Bruce Bozarth
Korak's hurt pride and disappointment consume him during the next day's hunt. Hearing a sound they investigate, finding a native village. Korak scouts ahead, eventually entering a tree overhanging the palisade. Just as he draws back his spear to kill the unsuspecting human below, he pauses. Lowering the weapon, he watches the small nut-brown little girl. Lonesome for human companionship, Korak plans to attract her attention until the village gate opposite opens. In march slaves, Arabs, camels, and the Sheik. Korak watches, expecting a joyful reunion between father and daughter but instead witnesses the old man's brutal kick upon the beautiful child. Korak drops to the ground to knock the man unconscious. Sheltered with his arm, she speaks Arabic, which he does not understand. Korak responds in English and ape to no avail. Meriem pantomimes the Arab slaying her, but she does not fear Korak. Korak makes a decision and carries the girl into the jungle. When Akut sees the girl he comes forward to kill the prisoner--until Korak bares his fangs in response. The great ape believes Korak has taken a mate and accepts the girl. Later, when Korak returns bloody from a hunt, the girl shrinks away. Korak, confused, brings her fruit. Korak holds her in his arms that night to keep her from falling from the tree. In the morning Akut enjoyed terrifying the girl until Korak's fist knocked him out of the tree. An instant later a Sheeta springs toward Akut.
David Bruce Bozarth
Korak leaps upon the leopard, saving Akut, who then returns to help kill the cat. Korak tells Akut the girl is his and to leave her alone. Months pass. Meriem learns the ape language and jungle survival, learning to participate in the hunt, tracking spoor, or watching as the others slept. Korak constructs an arboreal shelter for the girl, which localizes their territorial range. Time (years) pass in platonic relationship and jungle survival. Meriem traverses the trees as well as Korak and even old Akut approves of the early maturing girl adorned in ornaments and weapons taken from a distant village of blacks. The girl becomes a proficient hunter in her own right who enjoys the antics of friendly monkeys when Korak and Akut are gone on long hunts. The monkeys help her hunt, or warn her of danger, or fetch fruits from the thin branches; and sometimes they play tricks. She speaks to the monkeys, after a fashion, enjoying their company. Meriem's doll is now adorned as her mistress in barbaric splendor. Meriem speaks to the doll and we learn Korak does not kill black shes as he robs them of loin cloths and other ornaments to bring to Meriem--and that Korak robs the blacks of arrows or kills the males when he can. A Manu (monkey) warns the girl mangani are coming. Meriem feigns sleep, believing Korak and Akut return. Meriem wonders at the pause in the tree, then sees two apes she does not recognize. She flees. A weak branch allows one of the pursuers to capture Meriem. The apes fight for Meriem, stopping occasionally to recapture the girl who escapes at every opportunity. Knocked unconscious, Meriem is silent as the monkeys chatter and scream above the combatants. The victorious ape sniffs the girl's face and breast, she lives, and he ignores the monkeys as he slings the slim body over his back.
David Bruce Bozarth
Korak, returning from the hunt, hears the excited monkeys. Hurrying to the shelter, she is not there. The monkeys lead Korak to Meriem carried by the strange ape. Korak attacks. Meriem recovers, sees the battle, and cries: "Kill him, Korak! Kill him!" Meriem takes up Korak's spear and plunges it into the already savaged ape's heart. Korak belatedly discovers Meriem's desirability, thereby experiencing his coming of age. Akut, arriving late, realizes he misses his own kind. Meriem has a non-epiphany: she has always loved Korak as a brother, yet when he crushes her to his breast and kisses her she does not understand, though she kisses him again and again. Korak, wanting Meriem to recognize his love, is distracted by Akut's warning growl. A band of apes enter the clearing. "Korak, mighty fighter, has killed your king," Korak proclaims. A young bull comes forward to answer the challenge. Korak defeats the challenger. When Korak states he and the she will live apart an old ape asks: "What shall we do for a king?" Korak suggests Akut. (Later) Korak and Akut exit a black village they have plundered. Not suspecting the blacks would be persistent, the two travel slowly. Kovudoo, the chief, leads forty warriors who arrive after Korak has killed the king ape. Kovudoo is about to order an attack when they witness the battle between Korak and the young bull. After the apes depart one of Kovudoo's men remarks: "...my brother made that thing for The Sheik's little daughter--she played with it always and called it after my brother, whose name is Geeka." Learning the possibility of a reward, Kovudoo sends his warriors forward. Korak, speared shoulder and leg, goes down. Rushing to kill the white male, the blacks are surprised when Akut's new tribe attacks. Kovudoo retreats, taking Meriem with him. Akut roughly tends Korak, who eventually recovers, tortured by worry for Meriem and his own weakness.
David Bruce Bozarth
Jenssen and Malbihn, returning annually to trade or rob the natives, are now nearer to The Sheik's village than previously. This expedition is to trap live specimens for a European zoological garden. One of their traps has snared a male baboon. Simultaneously, Korak is on the scene. He has no affection for baboons, or they for him, but when one of the stranger fires a rifle into the baboons Korak intervenes. Shouting to the baboons to attack the strangers, Korak offers to free their king. The Swedes are temporarily routed. Korak frees the king baboon then departs. Later, encountering a herd of elephants, Korak makes a friend as he advances upon the village of Kovudoo. He scents Meriem inside the village and waits until nightfall to investigate. Korak stealthily attempts to bypass a warrior guarding Meriem's hut, then strangles the native who belated realizes his presence. Korak frees Meriem, but a mongrel cur yelps excitedly. Korak hoists the incapacitated Meriem to his shoulder and runs to the "exit" tree. Korak is slowed by village dogs until he is forced to battle the natives, who had recaptured Meriem. Korak continued his attacks to no avail, then advises Meriem: "...will return and take you from the Gomangani. Good-bye, my Meriem. Korak will come for you again."
Korak's attempt to rescue Meriem temporarily thwarted, Meriem is once again tied and now under heavy guard in Kovudoo's own hut. She expects Korak's return momentarily. The fifteen-year old Meriem loves Korak as a little sister might love a big brother, but she does not know of the love of a maid for a man. The village chief, Kovudoo, had sent a runner to barter for a ransom from The Sheik, but Jenssen and Malbihn had heard the story from the native and murdered him. Shortly after that the two had lost the baboon when Korak had rescued the baboon king from the cage, and had spent two days besieged by baboons. Finally, the baboons disperse, and the Swedes set out for Kovudoo's village to obtain the white girl. Arriving at the village, the two pretend not to know of Meriem's existence. They tell Kovudoo that The Sheik is dead, and the chief offers to sell Meriem to them. They feign disinterest, and Kovudoo has Meriem brought out into the sunlight [note a wonderful St. John illustration of this scene in the hardbacks]. The beauty of the girl astonishes both men. Malbihn speaks to her in Arabic, and she slowly recalls the words and tells them she wants to go back to Korak. The men purchase Meriem, and tell her that they will return her to her father, The Sheik, but she would rather die than return. Malbihn desires the girl, and Jenssen says that they need the reward so they must leave her alone to collect it. The men quarrel, and Jenssen taps the revolver that is holstered at his hip. Meriem waits that night in the hut, waiting for Korak to return, but he does not. The Swedes move on northward for several days, with Malbihn scowling and angry. Meriem hugs Geeka close to her, and by the fourth day, she begins to believe that she will never see Korak again. Affixing Meriem's leg with a slave chain, the two men leave to go hunting, but shortly thereafter, Malbihn entered her tent, and on his face is the look of a beast.
Meriem screams three times before Malbihn throttles her. She fights tooth and nail. Jenssen hears the screams and runs back to the camp. Another white stranger hears her screams, a hunter with a handful of black warriors. Jenssen reaches the camp first. Entering the tent, the two fire at each other. Jenssen is hit and dies. Malbihn turns towards Meriem, only to be interrupted by a tall black-haired gray-eyed white man. He holds the struggling Malbihn in a grasp that the strong Swede cannot break. In Arabic Meriem explains Malbihn has killed his friend, and that he is a bad man. She wants to return to her Korak. The strange white man tells Malbihn that he will let him go, but if he ever returns, he will take the law into his own hands. The Swede blusters, and the white man shakes him, whispers a name in his ear, and pushes him out of the tent. Meriem is unlocked from the slave chain. The hunter asks her the location of the village of Korak. She replies that Korak is an ape and that she is also an ape. The white hunter suspects she is mentally unbalanced; she speaks Arabic in a strange halting manner, and it would be impossible for a frail young girl to survive in the jungle. She explains Korak took her away from her father and she has lived in the trees with Korak and A'ht. She says that she cannot find Korak, but that Korak can find her. The white hunter explains that he lives a few marches away and will take Meriem to his home and Korak can find her there. A black warrior cautions the white hunter to kill this bad man, and the hunter replies that "It is not as it was in the old days, Muviri." Meriem and the man travel five days toward his home with fenced fields and buildings. She can wait here until her ape finds her. Meriem is introduced to his wife, a beautiful woman whose sweetness and goodness are obvious. Meriem weeps tears of relief and joy. She calls the man "Bwana," and his wife, "My Dear," and they are as mother and father to her. She waits for Korak to find her.
Korak, covered with wounds and burning with rage and sorrow, seeks out the baboons. He finally finds them, and convinces them to go to the village of the Gomangani and free Meriem. The baboons agree, but only if the baboons of the hill country accompany them. The hill country baboons are finally found, and after discussion, they agree to help. One baboon, Goob, boasts of his strength. Finally, three thousand baboons go to the village of Kovudoo and attack. Korak seeks out Meriem, but cannot find her. He knows she has not run out the gate, so he concludes that she has been eaten by the natives. Korak is overcome with rage, and he savagely kills the remaining warriors . The few remaining alive run away and will not return to the village. No one is left who might be able to direct Korak to Meriem. Korak's sorrow deepens into sullen moroseness, and he goes into a taciturn solitary existence. He courts death, and for a year he roams. He spends some time with the bull elephants, and comes to love them even more than the great apes. Meanwhile, Meriem is barely a hundred miles away.
Bwana sends blacks to Kovudoo's village to find out more about the girl and her origins, but they return with news that the village is deserted and no natives can be found anywhere in the vicinity. The blacks have also looked for traces of the ape, Korak, but no apes could be found. Meriem grieves, and My Dear grieves along with her. My Dear begins a campaign to make Meriem civilized, but finds her innately refined with sensitive tastes. A year passes; Meriem is now sixteen years old, although she looks nineteen. She thinks of Korak constantly, but no longer mentions him to Bwana or My Dear. Meriem is now fluent in English, and My Dear discovers that she also can speak French, although it is the French of a small child, and spoken very haltingly. Visitors come to the home of Bwana and My Dear, three men and two women. The youngest is the Hon. Morison Baynes, a young unmarried man of wealth and power. He is suave, courteous, and a bit supercilious, feeling superior to the masses. Baynes is delighted by Meriem, and pursues her. Meriem is fascinated by Baynes. One day Meriem hears a goat kid bleating. Thinking she will rob Numa of a dinner, she rides out and finds the kid tied to a stake. Meriem knows that Bwana does not hunt in this manner, and she can tell that Numa is near. She removes her skirt, shoes and stockings, and tucks them into a tree. Then she makes her way near the kid, leaping from a tree, knife in hand, to free it. A white hunter hidden in a thorn boma is surprised and recognizes her. He aims the rifle at the charging lion, but does not shoot. Meriem makes it to the trees barely an inch ahead of the lion's claws. The girl is safe, and she speeds away through the trees. The hunter does not fire at the lion, although he remains there for an hour. The white hunter finally makes his way back to his camp, and shaves off his beard. The blacks look at him in astonishment; they admit that they'd never recognize him.
Meriem returns to the tree and finds baboons playing with her things. They growl at her. Meanwhile, the Hon. Morison Baynes is returning to Bwana's house with hunters when he sees Meriem's horse. He rides to the foot of the forest to look for her. He sees baboons jabbering, holding a woman's clothes. Fearing Meriem is dead, he suddenly sees the girl swing into the tree beside the beasts, speaking in their own tongue. The baboons crowd around and return her clothes. The Hon. Morison Baynes is astonished, and stumbles back to the horses. She returns. The two ride back. Baynes blurts that he saw Meriem with the baboons and it was horrible! Meriem is bewildered. Baynes asks how she can speak the hideous language of degraded beasts of the lower orders. She replies that baboons are friends, neither hideous or degraded. She explains she used to live in the jungle among the branches of trees, eating raw meat. Meriem recalls Korak wistfully. Baynes realizes he had nearly offered to marry Meriem, but now realizes she is socially lower and could never expect him to offer marriage. Baynes reasons she must have had an intimate relationship with this Korak person and that he could seduce her without compunction. Meriem's natural and innate goodness protects her from his evil designs for a while. Baynes speaks of London and the joys of European nobility and his stories are like fairy tales. Finally he reveals he loves her. Meriem draws away, gently. She replies she is too young to marry and that she is frightened of London and Paris. Baynes is shocked when she mentions marriage because he is certain he did not mention the subject. He decides to go more slowly, preparing her for an intimate relationship that is not marriage. She goes into the house. Baynes smiles.
David E. Oxford, M.D.
A strange white man rides up to Bwana’s bungalow and introduces himself as Mr. Hanson, a hunter from the south whose safari had been lost in the jungle for over a month. There is a strange familiarity about this man to both Bwana and Meriem. During a three week rest, Hanson organizes his safari into two parties and sends one northward, and the other secretly westward to a great river that bounds Bwana's country. Late one evening Meriem and the Hon. Morison ride their horses into the jungle and are followed by Hanson. A hungry lion stalks the pair as the enter the jungle. The lion's spoor attracts Korak to the scene. The Hon. Morison begs Meriem to come with him to London where he will marry her after some "formalities are attended to.” Meriem agrees and kisses the Hon. Morison as Korak looks on. The lion charges the pair, and a terrified Hon. Morison spurs his horse to seek flight. Meriem's horse is pursued by the lion. Meriem swings into the trees. Korak casts his spear into the lion's shoulder and disappears into the jungle without recognizing Meriem. Hanson arrives at the jungle to see the Hon. Morison racing for safety followed by Meriem's riderless horse. He shoots the lion and escorts the pair in silence back to the bungalow.
David E. Oxford, M.D.
Korak recovers his spear from the lion and wonders about the girl's agility. He is reminded of his dead Meriem and sighs. An angry Bwana meets the returning trio. Mr. Hanson explains the events to Bwana and suggests that Baynes is trying to get Meriem to run away with him. Hanson suggest allowing Baynes to accompany his safari as he intends to leave on the morrow. Bwana agrees, and after a formal farewell Baynes is sent away. No explanation is given to Meriem by Bwana as he desires to spare her feelings. Meriem now believes she is in love with Baynes. Riding along the trail, Hanson suggests Baynes write a note to Meriem to arrange a meeting to say good bye, but really to persuade her to accompany Baynes to the coast. Korak sees the pair and follows them their camp. He wishes to see the girl again. A note is dispatched to Meriem while the trio wait. Meriem is restless and angry. She hears naked feet in the garden and finds a note that requests a secret meeting at the clearing tomorrow morning. There are also other words that make her heart beat faster and a flush come into her cheek.
David E. Oxford, M.D.
The Hon. Morison sets forth for the trysting place. He is accompanied by a black and followed by Korak in the trees. Meriem appears riding her horse. The pair embrace and kiss. Another meeting is set for tonight. The Killer recognizes Meriem as she rides away and turns to wave. He is filled with rage and jealousy and later with sorrow and regret. He realizes Meriem must love this other man. He also realizes he has wasted his life living as an animal. He resolves to live and die as a beast. Korak follows the Hon. Morison back to the camp and intends to follow him to the lover's meeting place. Later Hanson rides from the camp accompanied by a black and arrives at the clearing. Leaving the boy in the clearing, Hanson meets Meriem at the edge of the jungle. She is startled to find Hanson instead of Baynes. A ready explanation of a sprained ankle from Mr. Bayne's horse falling is sufficient to cause her to follow Hanson as he leads westward. She continues to follow for two days before coming suspicious. They arrive at a broad river and a camp upon the opposite shore. Once in the camp, Hanson grabs her and encircles her body. She recognizes him as the Swede Malbihn as she fights for her freedom and her honor.
David E. Oxford, M.D.
The black realizing he had been abandoned by Hanson starts northward to the camp. He comes across the spoor and tracks of two ponies. He now knows his master had deceived Baynes and had stolen the girl. At the camp, the head-man convinces Baynes to start northward to escape Big Bwana who might be pursuing them. The black catches up to the safari and is questioned by the Hon. Morison. Discovering he had been beaten at his own game, he is filled with rage and a determination for revenge. Korak returns to the edge of the jungle when the safari begins moving northward. He hopes to find Meriem, yet his heart is sad with the realization that he has lost her. The Big Bwana comes to the clearing with his ebon warriors and studies the ground and takes up the trail toward the north. Korak is dumb with misery and travels listlessly toward the west. Baynes follows his black guide and during the long hours of marching comes to realize he loves Meriem. He is consumed by hate for Hanson and his desire for revenge. A remarkable change is coming over the Hon. Morison. His guide is terrified by this relentless white man who allows no rest until late that night. Korak meets Tantor along the trail and continues westward. Big Bwana continues his northward pursuit after the safari and is lured farther and farther away from the girl he hopes to rescue.
James D. Bozarth & David Oxford
As Meriem struggles silently with Malbihn, he drags her to the bed where she trips him, grabs his gun and shoots him but the gun does not fire, so she hits him with it, knocking him out. She runs into the jungle, stripping off her shoes, stockings and riding skirt. She hides nearby in hopes of obtaining ammunition for the gun. Malbihn recovers and takes everyone out searching for her. Running into his empty tent she finds in Malbihn's box a French newspaper clipping with a picture of her as a child and the ammunition for the gun, which she slips into her waist. As Malbihn returns she steals out the back of the tent. Malbihn discovers she has returned and sets a trap. He takes all of his canoes but one knowing she must cross the river. No sooner has he left than she is in the canoe, paddling fast, catching him off guard, and escapes as Malbihn, frustrated at losing her, shoots, but misses. His aim is ruined by a water-logged tree trunk, and Meriem takes to the trees until she comes upon Kovudoo's abandoned village. Baynes and his guide hear the shot and race towards it; they find a dead black in the village street then start across the river in Meriem's canoe, following Malbihn's canoes. When Malbihn lands he discovers Baynes is in the center of the river. Shouting insults at each other the two men fire and hit one another. Malbihn then shoots Bayne's guide. The two men exchange fire until Baynes' canoe drifts out of sight down river.
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Meriem is halfway through the village when the Sheik's men capture her. Malbihn sees the Sheik and flees to his canoe, exchanging fire. The Sheik makes Meriem walk for two days back to his stockade where one of his men, Abdul Kamak, admires her until the Sheik orders him away. Meriem hides and examines the picture of herself. Abdul sees her and asks to see the picture and reads the news story. He wants Meriem to go with him, telling her she will learn to love him or he will tell the Sheik of the picture. When the Sheik accosts them, Abdul knocks the Sheik down and escapes on his horse. Meriem confesses she does not have the picture nor could she read the news article. Baynes recovers in his canoe and paddles to the shore. In the darkness he climbs onto as tree limb, but is trapped between a lion ashore and a crocodile in the river. He cries out as the crocodile snaps at his feet. Weakening, he almost slips into the river but something drags him into the tree.
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Korak has been wandering, aimlessly, south and west and falls asleep in a tree by the river. When Baynes cries out, Korak wakes and rescues him. After Baynes tells his story, Korak brings food and water, then goes to rescue Meriem, telling Baynes he will return for him. Baynes follows but is captured by the men chasing Abdul. At the river Korak calls to Tantor to help him cross. Korak questions Malbihn who tells him the Sheik has Meriem. As Korak searches Malbihn's tent, Tantor, recognizing the white hunter who had killed his cow and calf, kills Malbihn. Mounting Tantor, Korak rides away.
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At the Sheik's stockade Baynes discovers Meriem is the Sheik's daughter. After penning a ransom note for himself, Baynes is bound and left in a hut. Later he tries to contact Meriem but she replies she only prays for death. Baynes breaks free and runs outside only to confront a guard. Earlier, Korak crosses the river on Tantor and then abandons him for the trees, arriving at the Sheik's stockade after nightfall. Upon entering the stockade he begins to search and hears Meriem cry out. Earlier, the Sheik gives Meriem to his half brother, Ali ben Kadin who drags her to his sleeping chamber. Baynes leaps on the guard, choking him, but is stabbed in return. Finding a rock, Baynes kills the guard, then heads for Ali's tent. Korak cuts Ali's tent wall and kills Ali. Baynes rushes in. Korak tells Baynes and Meriem to escape while he holds off their pursuers. He slays many but is finally captured. Korak calls for Tantor. The Sheik orders Korak burned at the stake. Tantor breaks the palisade wall and tears the stake from the ground. The Sheik tries to shoot Tantor and is in turn trampled as the elephant disappears into the darkness.
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Realizing she cannot leave Korak, Meriem urges Baynes to go to Bwana and bring help. Baynes confesses to his duplicity and cowardice, telling her of his dastardly plan, of his regretful search, of his love for her. She says he is no coward for she cannot love a coward. They are interrupted by the silence following Korak's capture. They creep back to investigate. Seeing Korak bound Baynes charges to the rescue, but Tantor reaches Korak first. Panic and Pandemonium ensues. Taking two horses Baynes and Meriem race out of the stockade followed by the rattle of musketry. Tantor carries Korak into the jungle and sets him down, guarding him all night. Baynes, who was shot while escaping, and Meriem ride north, meeting Bwana's rescue party the next day. Meriem begs Bwana to save Korak. Realizing Korak is real, Bwana demands a description of him. He then orders Meriem to go back with the wounded Baynes: she should be beside the man she loves. Then Bwana climbs a tree and strips, donning a loincloth, knife and rope. As he swings through the trees he calls to Korak and is answered by a bull ape. Meanwhile Korak has Tantor carry him towards the apes' hunting grounds. Meriem deserts the rescue party and races back through the trees listening for Korak's call. When she finds Korak, Tantor refuses to let her near. Korak sends Tantor to get water for him so Meriem can cut him free, but Tantor, suspecting trouble, charges Meriem before she can cut the ropes.
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As Tantor is about to seize the fleeing Meriem, Tarzan leaps between the two and commands Tantor to stop. Their mutual identities confirmed, father and son, Tarzan turns on Meriem. She tells him her place is beside the man she loves. Akut arrives and leads his tribe of apes in a welcoming dance. Two days later Tarzan, having regained his civilized clothing, brings Jane the news he had found both Meriem and their son, Jack. But Jack won't come home without civilized clothes. Jane has saved all his clothes, but Tarzan says only his own clothes will fit the grown son. An hour later Jane tells Meriem that Baynes has died from his wounds. Korak and Meriem are married on the trip back to England. D'Arnot sends General Armand Jacot, in reality Prince de Cadanet, an intense republican who refuses to use his title, to Tarzan because Jacot has received information from Abdul Kamak that his daughter might be somewhere near Tarzan's African estate. Looking at the picture Abdul supplied, Tarzan sends for Meriem and reunites daughter and father. Korak discovers he has not married an Arab waif nor a little Tarmangani, but a princess in her own right.