V: "Who Are You?"
Coming at length to a marsh,
Eleanor and Nevin, looked about for a means to cross it. "We can't get
over this!" the girl protested.
"Sure," Nevin pointed, "we
can cross on those fallen logs."
Nevin worked his way cautiously,
helping Eleanor to follow. Successfully Nevin crossed, but Eleanor, missing
her footing, plunged into the marsh mire.
"Nevin!" she cried frantically.
"Get me out! Help!"
On hands and knees the man
crawled along the log. "Here!" he reached down. "Try and catch my hand."
Soon they discovered that
all efforts to pull her out were useless. The mire was almost like quicksand.
"I've got to get something
to pull you out," Nevin decided and crawled back to firm ground.
"Oh, Nevin!" Eleanor was
panic-stricken. "Come back! Don't leave me! Shout for help!"
But Nevin hurried on toward
camp. As he disappeared, Tarzan and Cheta, who had witnessed this clumsy
business with astonishment leaped down and seated themselves on the log.
Terrified, Eleanor gazed at this strange, wild man and his companion. At
last she found her voice. "Who -- who are you?" she breathed.
Tarzan whistled as he had
seen the men do at camp. The girl stayed right where she was; however,
she understood his gesture. "YOU want ME to come there?" she asked wonderingly.
Tarzan smiled and motioned
"YOU come HERE and get me
out of this!" Eleanor motioned from herself to him.
Tarzan understood the gesture.
He startled her with the suddenness and ease with which he pulled her out
of the mud to the log beside him. Pointing a finger at himself he said
by way of introduction: "Tar-zan!"
"Tarzan?" said Eleanor. "Oh,
how do you do!" She pointed to herself. "I'm Eleanor."
Tarzan motioned to himself
then to her. "Tarzan!" he beamed. "Eleanor!"
"That's right," Eleanor tried
to smile. Then realizing what a mess she was, she disgustedly wiped away
some of the clinging mud. Thinking to be of assistance, Tarzan helpfully
grabbed her muddy garments and tore off a handful. Eleanor yelped and hit
him as hard as she could. Thinking it was a game, Tarzan hit her back.
She tumbled again into the mire. This seemed terribly funny to Tarzan.
He laughed lustily. Eleanor was so angry, she cried. Tarzan stopped laughing.
At the sight of her tears Tarzan's face softened. He reached down to help
"You go away from me you
-- you brute!" Eleanor screamed. "Don't you touch me again -- I'll -- I'll
Tarzan did not understand.
He was about to grab her when Nevin's voice, from a distance, startled
him. Grabbing hold of a limb he swung up and out of sight, followed closely
by Cheta. No sooner had he disappeared than Nevin, carrying a rope, came
forward with Jigger and Koki.
"Here we are," Nevin climbed
onto the log. "Wasn't I quick?"
"Very," Eleanor said sarcastically.
"I've only had time to be rescued once since you left!"
Nevin threw her a rope. With
great effort, Nevin and Jigger pulled her out as Koki steadied the log.
"My other rescuer didn't
find it such hard work," Eleanor said ungratefully as she stepped to firm
"Oh, yeah?" said Nevin. "Hey,
what're you talking about?"
"Nothing," the girl said
airily. "Just that a big brute came along while you were gone and pulled
They started back toward
camp. Jigger drew in close to Eleanor. "Were you molested by apes?" he
"No!" said Eleanor. "The
man helped me and the ape just sat on the log and watched."
Nevin was annoyed. "Eleanor,
you know there's no other man nearer here than our camp."
"There is, too!" the girl
contradicted. "He came right out of the treetops in a one-piece bathing
The three men looked at the
girl as if she were out of her mind. "You've got a fever!" Nevin cried.
"I have not!" Eleanor retorted.
"The man helped and the ape watched, I tell you!"
"Then," Nevin said reasonably,
"how did you get back in the swamp?"
"He pushed me in again!"
This statement convinced the men that she was not herself.
"I'm afraid," Jigger told
Nevin confidentially, "this heat is too much for Miss Reed!" This, though
Eleanor sore she was perfectly well, was the firm belief of her rescuers.
They continued on their way through the tall grass. A lioness with two
cubs sensed their approach and crouched against the earth. But Nevin had
spotted her and raised his gun.
"It's a lioness!" Eleanor
followed Nevin's aim. "Don't, Nevin! Her cubs are with her!"
But Nevin fired. The mother
staggered, and then limped into the grass. Bewildered by the shot, the
cubs remained where they were. Glancing resentfully at Nevin, Eleanor picked
them up. "These little rascals aren't your prizes, Nevin. I'm adopting
So, bedraggled and muddy,
and carrying the cubs, Eleanor came into camp. Rodge and Penny rushed to
her in great relief, plying her with questions. Eleanor made her same answers.
"A man pulled me out while
the monkey watched."
"What is all this? Rodge
asked in a worried tone.
"It's true, Dad. A man and
a chimpanzee dropped down out of the trees -- "
Nevin shook his head sadly.
"She was still in the swamp when we got back," he said. "I think you'd
better get her to bed."
Penny thought so, too. Taking
her daughter by one muddy arm, she led her off to their tent. Still clinging
to the cubs, Eleanor marched unwillingly along. Eleanor put the cubs on
the floor. They tumbled about for a few minutes then curled up in a ball
sound asleep. Eleanor changed her wet, muddy clothes. She lay down and
fell asleep almost immediately. She had not realized how tired she was.