Challenge ~ 35.12.29 ~ #251
the queen, aflame with angry humiliation, threatened Tarzan with dreadful
punishment for spurning her. . . the ape-man smiled ironically. "Is
it thus you show the love you profess for me? Very well. I await your penalty."
Sigreda admired his stalwart bravery and love once more
warmed her heart. How could she think of harming him? "No, no!" she sobbed.
"I wish only your happiness. Go, Tarzan, back to your jungle; and may good
fortune attend you ever." Hastily she wrote a command for Bohgdu's release.
Then, with aching heart, she bade the jungle lord a fervent farewell.
Departing, Tarzan told her. "Thorik loves you truly. I
hope you will restore him to your favor."
In the courtyard, he encountered Thorik and related what
had happened. "Forgive me," the Viking begged, "for ever doubting your
Tarzan saw Sybil, too, chatting coquettishly with a warrior.
"We go," the ape-man said. Sybil smiled. "I am happy here."
By the queen's order, Bohgdu was freed. "We go to my tribe,"
said the ape as they plunged into the jungle.
Many days they traveled westward until they came to Bohgdu's
forest home, where Tarzan was unknown. Though long absent, Bohgdu was received
with strange hostility. "This Tarzan," he said, "Tarzan man, but Tarzan
"All men enemies! growled Kon-gah, giant king of the tribe.
"Kon-gah kill Tarzan!"