There was not an instant to be lost in hesitation or doubt.
At the same moment a girl's shriek rang out behind me and an instant later, as the blacks fell upon me.
Tarzan recognized the ear-marks of the witch-doctor and awaited Numa's charge with a feeling of pleasurable anticipation, for the ape-man had no love for witch-doctors; but in the instant that Numa did charge, the white man suddenly recalled that the lion had stolen his kill a few minutes before and that revenge is sweet.
At the same instant the ape-man dropped from an overhanging limb full upon the lion's back and as he alighted he plunged his knife into the tawny side behind the left shoulder, tangled the fingers of his right hand in the long mane, buried his teeth in Numa's neck and wound his powerful legs about the beast's torso.
The banth toppled sideways at the same instant
that it attempted to spring; a raking talon passed close to Gahan's head at the moment that his sword lunged through the savage heart, and as the warrior wrenched his blade from the carcass it slipped silently over the side of the ship.
Looking up in an enforced pause, I saw Santos whispering in the skipper's ear, with the expression of a sphinx but no lack of foreign gesticulation - behind them a fringe of terror-stricken faces, parted at that instant by two more figures, as wild and strange as any in that wild, strange scene.
His adjectives were too foul for print; they were given with such a special effort at distinctness, however, that I was smiling one instant, and giving thanks the next that Eva Denison had not come forward with her guardian.
It was a desperate chance to take, and I realized it in the instant
that I threw the gun up from my hip and pulled the trigger.
His grasp relaxed, his feet slipped, and in an instant
he was a crushed and mangled corpse upon the sharp ridges beneath him.
At the same instant
his friend grabbed it from the other side.
Of a sudden it turned into an apartment on the right of the corridor, and an instant
later as I rushed in I found myself facing two of the Mahars.
In an instant
the little room was filled with howling, fighting men.
For the instant
he forgot his resolutions of a few minutes past to hasten to the coast at some other point than that at which he had landed and make his way immediately back to London.
In an instant
I was engaged with both, and though I loathe the very name of thern, I must in all fairness admit that they are mighty swordsmen; and these two were no exception, unless it were that they were even more skilled and fearless than the average among their race.
It proved itself such that morning, for I had scarce gotten into my dry clothes and taken the girl's apparel to the captain's cabin when an order was shouted down into the engine-room for full speed ahead, and an instant
later I heard the dull boom of a gun.