A Princess of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...[Frontispiece: With my back against a golden throne, I fought once
again for Dejah Thoris]




A PRINCESS...

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...not know until I read his manuscript years afterward.

He told us that he had been...

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...but I hurried out to his
place as quickly as possible, so that I could take...

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...Won Friends
VII Child-Raising on Mars
VIII A...

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...interesting periods of my life and of my death. I cannot
explain the phenomena; I...

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...provisions on two of our
burros, and bidding me good-bye he mounted his horse, and started...

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...like some nervous old housewife, and when I should
catch up with Powell would get a...

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...that this
thought did not occur to me until the following day removes any
possible right to...

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...was a rather rapidly moving target saved me from the various
deadly projectiles of the enemy...

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...hands, working over him continuously for the better part of an hour
in the face of...

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...I should retain
my mental faculties and yet be unable to move I could not fathom.

I...

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...that if the sensations I endured
during the next few minutes were fear, then may God...

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...for there I lay clothed, and yet
here I stood but naked as at the minute...

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...the beautiful vista of rocky gorge, and
level, cacti-studded flat, wrought by the moonlight into a...

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...rock which glistened in the
sunlight; and a little to my left, perhaps a hundred yards,...

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...at will either as arms
or legs. Their eyes were set at the extreme sides...

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...the party swung from its
fastenings beside his saddle in such a way as to strike...

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...to meet it.

Unarmed and naked as I was, the first law of nature manifested itself
in...

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...I felt, for some reason, they were
peculiarly efficient in handling.

These rifles were of a white...

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...his weapons and the
withdrawing of his troop before his advance toward me would have
signified a...

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...of not
having been tenanted for years, possibly for ages. Toward the center
of the city...

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...voluntarily without a weapon of
destruction.

As we neared the plaza and my presence was discovered we...

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...title.

At the time, this ceremony and the words they uttered meant nothing to
me, but later...

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...lack of consideration for a stranger's
rights; I swung my fist squarely to his jaw and...

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...to her full height. She was of a light
olive-green color, with a smooth, glossy...

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...been wrought by a master hand,
so subtle the atmosphere, so perfect the technique; yet nowhere...

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...total darkness results, since the lack of atmosphere, or,
rather, the very thin atmosphere, fails to...

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...room.
I felt fairly secure in my belief that I could escape him should he
pursue me...

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...hand grasped me by the neck
from behind and dragged me violently into the room. ...

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...a sound
of fear or pain. Presently I saw the great eyes of my beast...

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... I could not
withstand that look, nor could I, on second thought, have deserted my
rescuer...

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...whose face had not been twisted in
laughter as I battled for my life. She,...

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...the entire community engaged in watching or helping at
the harnessing of huge mastodonian animals to...

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...I could see Tars
Tarkas explaining something to the principal chieftain, whose name, by
the way, was,...

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...was
over, and seeking out Sola I found her in our chariot with a hideous
little creature...

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...Every year these eggs are carefully
examined by a council of twenty chieftains, and all but...

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...and would be visited
yearly by the council of twenty chieftains. Why they did not...

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...and majestically toward us.

Each carried a strange banner swung from stem to stern above the...

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...were limping perceptibly, and seemed but barely under the control
of their depleted crews. Their...

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...less than half as tall as the green Martian warriors, and
from my balcony I could...

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...similar, though unfriendly,
creatures. I could not fathom the seeming hallucination, nor could I
free myself...

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...in astonishment, and she
made a little sign with her free hand; a sign which I...

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...make the
laws as they are needed; a new law for each emergency. They are
unfettered...

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...safer to affect
indifference in the matter until I learned more surely Sola's attitude
toward the object...

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...are forced to lead in this
life."

This wild outbreak on the part of Sola so greatly...

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...the city. Before me were low hills
pierced by narrow and inviting ravines. I...

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...and unexpectedly bucked him off
headforemost into a pot of frijoles.

My laughter frightened Woola, his antics...

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...sentiments are mostly
atrophied it would have required a serious injury to have aroused such
passions in...

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...further attention to
me.

"What is your name?" asked Lorquas Ptomel, addressing the prisoner.

"Dejah Thoris, daughter of...

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...battle with self, with heredity, with
age-old custom, and as he opened his mouth to speak,...

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...he was
little if any stronger than I, and it was but the matter of a...

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...evinced by the
other who had brought me my original equipment, and now for the first
time...

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...hear you, Tars Tarkas," I answered. "As you know I am not of
Barsoom; your...

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...unfortunate and resulted in more harm than good to Dejah
Thoris, for, as I learned later,...

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...she
gazed upon these magnificent works of art, wrought by a people long
extinct; while Sola, on...

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...very anxious that she should
believe me. It was not that I feared the results...

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...and
answering many questions on each side. She was curious to learn of the
customs of...

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...floors where our quarters were
located, she had met Sarkoja descending. We decided that she...

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...gates.

The shores of the ancient seas were dotted with just such cities, and
lesser ones, in...

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...only, however, may you be killed
by us without orders from Tal Hajus; in personal combat...

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...from the audience chamber. His demeanor
toward me was unchanged, and he greeted me as...

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...services or my protection.

Adjoining my sleeping apartment were baths, dressing rooms, and other
sleeping and living...

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...passed on to the younger members of the community
as necessity demands.

The women and children of...

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...had fallen to me from the warriors whose metal I
wore, and in a short time...

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...better warrior
for the reason that I am a kind master. Your other warriors would...

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...to me all that I
had left behind upon Earth in agreeable and congenial companionship.
There seemed...

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...and is spelled in hieroglyphics which it
would be difficult and useless to reproduce.]

While I was...

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...broke out again into one of her gay, happy, laughing moods;
joking with me on my...

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...had
spoken to me in words I would not mistake, and I knew that I had...

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...own house. I sat for hours cross-legged,
and cross-tempered, upon my silks meditating upon the...

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...she was comfortable, and so I
glanced into her chariot and rearranged her silks and furs....

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...I passed Sarkoja, and the
black, venomous look she accorded me was the sweetest balm I...

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...polish the teeth of her grandmother's cat! I must rank
pretty low in the consideration...

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...my arrival on
Mars.

Tars Tarkas dismounted and examined the enclosure minutely, finally
announcing that it belonged to...

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...dagger, my hatchet, or my fists had I wished,
and been entirely within my rights, but...

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...There were Dejah Thoris, Sola,
and Sarkoja, and as my fleeting glance swept over them a...

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...my
back upon his ugly carcass, I moved, sick, sore, and disgusted, toward
the chariots which bore...

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...did. And my father also," she added. "If you would like to
hear the...

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...was the first march of a large body of
men and animals I had ever witnessed...

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...that they roamed not
beyond the hills. They spoke at first only of such things...

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...was gone for four years, and when he returned all had been over for
three; for...

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...toward the
outskirts of the city, in the direction which led to the far south, out
toward...

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...his chieftains during some awful
torture she was undergoing.

"I learned afterwards that she told them that...

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...unswerving truthfulness,
that you could lie like one of your own Virginia gentlemen if a lie
would...

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...into the realm of Tal Hajus.

Not once did I have speech with Dejah Thoris, as...

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...reserved for Lorquas Ptomel, the next for the jed of a
lesser rank, and so on...

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...Have none of me if it is your will, but that you must aid me
in...

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...either of you."

"What do they say?" inquired Dejah Thoris.

"That you will be thrown to the...

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...pointed out as Helium. There were
other cities closer, but she said she feared to...

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...so much depended upon secrecy and dispatch, I hugged the
shadows of the buildings, ready at...

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...of mounted
warriors, who, in passing, dropped a dozen words that fetched my heart
clean into the...

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...buildings, and the warriors themselves I might expect to
meet within if I entered; but, fortunately...

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...I had come. My plan of action was formed
upon the instant, and crossing the...

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...She was indeed the
proud daughter of a thousand jeddaks, every inch of her dear, precious
little...

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...Tardos Mors, Jeddak of Helium, your grandfather, that he may grovel
upon the ground in the...

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...last of our line from worse than death."

I did not answer, but instead reached to...

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...came to my eyes as I thought of
his love for me. Shortly after this...

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...failed to discover us. As what
proved to be the last warrior came into view...

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...her dear arms about my
neck, turned to Sola, saying with quiet dignity: "Fly, Sola! ...

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...remember the feeling of surprise which swept over me as I realized
that I was not...

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...of the jeddak, and as he pushed me roughly before the ruler he
exclaimed in a...

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...of his conqueror, and then his women cremated what remained,
amid wild and terrible laughter.

The injuries...

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...swung the
chain above my head and crashed the links with all my strength upon his
skull....

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...Helium," he said, "but I do not recall your name."

And then I told him my...

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...penetrated to the buildings surrounding the plaza. For two days
and nights he had explored...

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...were thrown open and a
dozen green Martian females were driven to the center of the...

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...we
approached to the encounter I whispered to him to prolong the battle
until nearly dark in...

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...large
and heavy and many-legged I could feel. My hands were at its throat
before the...

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...no aperture in the mighty walls other than the tiny door at
which I sank exhausted,...

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...are not of Barsoom. I can tell that by the
conformation of your brain and...

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...always sufficient reserve of the ninth ray stored in the great
building to maintain the present...

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...that you do not let them know you are bound for Helium as
they are at...

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...thin dagger in his hand and that he was sharpening it upon
a stone. In...

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...sunk in
the ground, and was operated by a tiny radium engine in the entrance
hall of...

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...redeemed twice yearly. If a man issues more than he can redeem,
the government pays...

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...regret of the conditions which seemed destined ever to
keep these two countries at war.

"Helium," he...

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...genuine sorrow that I put it off until just before we
arrived at the city's gates;...

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...walking briskly
toward me from one of the avenues. He paid not the slightest attention
to...

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...are
here, John Carter, for I know your loyalty to my princess and two of us
working...

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... The solar eighth ray would be absorbed by the surface of
Barsoom, but the Barsoomian...

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...speed, while the warriors leaned low
to the right, with their great metal-shod spears. Each...

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...to attempt the return
voyage. He would have to pilot his own craft, however, as...

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...As I
halted before the officer, he addressed me in a voice audible to the
entire assemblage...

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...could perceive
all that took place within the room as readily as though there had been
no...

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...broken, to
the ground of reality. The woman for whom I had offered my life,...

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...cried the one who had
first addressed me, "and not only shall you not enter the...

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...my chieftain that was, and whom
I thought dead, had you but returned one little hour...

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...ask them in marriage; the other kind they fight for also, but never
ask their hands....

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...were hung with transparent tapestries behind which I
secreted myself without being apprehended.

The conversation of the...

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...but how a force of six or eight fighting men
could have done so unobserved is...

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...the air-scout
squadron. Kantos Kan, they had found and questioned, but he knew
nothing of my...

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...the day at the palace, and
when I had enlightened him he was all excitement. ...

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...other than Sab Than. He was slightly put out
at being detected and commanded me...

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...the sides and bottoms of their
craft for various purposes of repair, and by means of...

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...I could gain.

Donning my trappings and weapons I hastened to the sheds, and soon had
out...

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...my lucky escape, when a well-directed
shot from the cruiser exploded at the prow of my...

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...accuracy of their aim my little craft was instantly a ruined
wreck, sinking erratically to the...

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...Tars
Tarkas' quarters, where I was left alone while the chieftain attended
the customary council which immediately...

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...said Tars Tarkas, "forty years ago you were instrumental in
bringing about the torture and death...

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...how sounds, Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark?"

A roar of deep-toned applause greeted this suggestion.

"It but...

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...supreme among the
green men of all Barsoom. What say you?"

It was a chance to...

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...the task
of entering the city seemed, to my escort of green warriors, an
impossibility. The...

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...where I stood swung open my fifty Tharks, headed by
Tars Tarkas himself, rode in upon...

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...neck, springing the
padlock fast. After a few more words addressed to Sab Than he...

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...free from Dejah Thoris' grasp, and again we
faced each other. He was soon joined...

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...me, and to know the meaning of the fight,
faint echoes of which had reached his...

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...mine."

"He does not need to be abashed who so well knew the answer to his...

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...and Zodanga, since their batteries were
useless in the hands of the Tharks who, having no...

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...her to the flagship
that she might be taken immediately to the city.

As the full import...

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...Thoris was borne in
triumph back to the court of her grandfather, Tardos Mors, Jeddak of
Helium.

In...

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...with an endless round of applause
and showered with ornaments of gold, platinum, silver, and precious
jewels....

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...Mors Kajak, Jed of lesser Helium, and father
of Dejah Thoris. He had followed close...

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...speed
bespoke the unusual.

Flashing the signals which proclaimed it a dispatch bearer for the
jeddak, it circled...

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...die together."

The next two days brought no noticeable change in the supply of air,
but on...

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...with my words there crept above the threshold of my conscious mind
a series of nine...

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...Helium, and it was with
difficulty that I breathed at all. There were a few...

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...a small charcoal burner
upon which rested a round copper vessel containing a small quantity of
greenish...

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...woman standing in the garden
of a palace, and at her side is a little boy...