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THE DOOR ~ 1933.08.06
Tarzan hurled himself against the door the high priest, on the other side,
lunged desperately to close it. He called to his slaves for help, and they
heaved their weight to prevent it from opening. As it nearly closed upon
him, Tarzan wedged his foot in the jamb. Meanwhile, the water was gushing
in from the river and rising higher and higher. The guests scrambled to
the landing at the top of the staircase to avoid the swiftly rising tide.
If Tarzan failed to hold the door, all would be drowned. At the high priest's
command, one of the slaves on the other side of the door, swung his sword
to cut off the ape-man's foot. But at that second, Tarzan withdrew his
foot to join the others in a fierce lunge against the door. And Tutamken
cried out, "In the name of your pharaoh and your queen, I command you,
At the sound of their prince's voice, the slaves hesitated
a moment and that was enough. Tarzan forced the door open and dashed toward
the high priest. Tutamken advanced and said, "Throw our betrayer into the
banquet hall to meet the fate he planned for us." In the flooded hall,
the waters had risen high. A crocodile, washed in by the tide, opened his
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