The poor victim, who on the morrow was to pass the awful boundary between life and death, felt not, as I did, such deep and bitter agony.
Thus I might proclaim myself a madman, but not revoke the sentence passed upon my wretched victim.
These they were filling with water and placing over a number of fires near the stake where the dying victim
now hung, an inert and bloody mass of suffering.
In the semi-obscurity they saw the victim, quite senseless, stretched out beside her husband's body.
The inanimate victim was borne along by the vigorous arms which supported her, and which she did not seem in the least to burden.
As Tarzan's heavy hand fell upon his shoulder the priest dropped his victim, and turned upon her would-be rescuer.
He felt quite sure that the sacrifice would go on from the point where it had been interrupted if the high priestess had her way, though he was equally positive that they would find Tarzan of the Apes unbound and with a long dagger in his hand a much less tractable victim than Tarzan disarmed and bound.
Before Rokoff could drive the weapon home the chief sprang upon him and dragged him away from his intended victim.
The dance had commenced now, and the yells of the circling warriors drowned Rokoff's further attempts to distress his victim.
The leaping savages, the flickering firelight playing upon their painted bodies, circled about the victim at the stake.
But as soon as the mule was near enough to the pillory to allow of its rider recognizing the victim, the priest dropped his eyes, beat a hasty retreat, spurred on rigorously, as though in haste to rid himself of humiliating appeals, and not at all desirous of being saluted and recognized by a poor fellow in such a predicament.
Not a voice was raised around the unhappy victim, except to jeer at his thirst.