"Our people do not acquire their real life until they leave their bushes," said the Prince.
"I shall order you destroyed in a few minutes, so you will have no need to ruin our pretty melon vines and berry bushes. Follow me, please, to meet your doom."
Once the bushes
moved almost imperceptibly and an instant later one of the officers, without warning, fired into them; but Tarzan of the Apes was not there.
I pushed through a tangle of tall white-flowered bushes, and saw him twenty paces beyond, looking over his shoulder at me and hesitating.
Then there was a desolate space covered with a white sand, and then another expanse of tangled bushes. I did not remember crossing the sand-opening before.
Then arm and bottle and ginger beard disappeared behind the closing bushes
. A long time he waited, when, with thirst unslaked, he crept back to his horse, rode slowly across the sun-washed clearing, and passed into the shelter of the woods beyond.
I could not help saying, 'You made a glorious lot of smoke, any- how.' I had seen, from the way the tops of the bushes
rustled and flew, that almost all the shots had gone too high.
On his hands and knees in the bushes
George Willard stared at the scene before him and tried hard to think.
"Hold!" said he, bursting out of the bushes
and seizing the stranger's weapon.