cried the one who had
first addressed me, "and not only shall you not enter the apartments of
the Princess of Helium but you shall go back to Than Kosis under guard
to explain this unwarranted temerity. Throw down your sword; you
cannot hope to overcome four of us," he added with a grim smile.
My reply was a quick thrust which left me but three antagonists and I
can assure you that they were worthy of my metal. They had me backed
against the wall in no time, fighting for my life. Slowly I worked my
way to a corner of the room where I could force them to come at me only
one at a time, and thus we fought upward of twenty minutes; the
clanging of steel on steel producing a veritable bedlam in the little
The noise had brought Dejah Thoris to the door of her apartment, and
there she stood throughout the conflict with Sola at her back peering
over her shoulder. Her face was set and emotionless and I knew that
she did not recognize me, nor did Sola.
Finally a lucky cut brought down a second guardsman and then, with only
two opposing me, I changed my tactics and rushed them down after the
fashion of my fighting that had won me many a victory. The third fell
within ten seconds after the second, and the last lay dead upon the
bloody floor a few moments later. They were brave men and noble
fighters, and it grieved me that I had been forced to kill them, but I
would have willingly depopulated all Barsoom could I have reached the
side of my Dejah Thoris in no other way.
Sheathing my bloody blade I advanced toward my Martian Princess, who
still stood mutely gazing at me without sign of recognition.
"Who are you, Zodangan?" she whispered. "Another enemy to harass me in
"I am a friend," I answered, "a once cherished friend."
"No friend of Helium's princess wears that metal," she replied, "and
yet the voice! I have heard it before; it is not--it cannot be--no,
for he is dead."
"It is, though, my Princess, none other than John Carter," I said. "Do
you not recognize, even through paint and strange metal, the heart of
As I came close to her she swayed toward me with outstretched hands,
but as I reached to take her in my arms she drew back with a shudder
and a little moan of misery.
"Too late, too late," she grieved. "O
Teeka, though, had been keen for it always until shortly before the baby came; but with the advent of her first-born, even Teeka changed.Page 42
There were many questions Tarzan wished to put to the Creator of the Universe and so he hoped that God would not prove a belligerent God; but his experience of life and the ways of living things had taught him that any creature with the means for offense and defense was quite likely to provoke attack if in the proper mood.Page 63
It was irksome, and then the little black seemed so stupid and fearful to Tarzan.Page 72
The curtain of jungle foliage rustled close at hand.Page 79
A revulsion of feeling seized him.Page 89
" "Bring me fire," replied Bukawai, "and I will make you a little magic.Page 97
He knew no fear, but in the face of Nature's manifestations of her cruel, immeasurable powers, he felt very small--very small and very lonely.Page 100
There was fluttering of the eyelids, and at the second application Tarzan opened his eyes and looked about.Page 101
Tarzan smiled.Page 108
I will teach ferocious Numa that he may not hunt the Mangani.Page 128
The sentinels, now from habit become a fixed tribal custom, either relaxed their vigilance or entirely deserted their posts, as the whim seized them.Page 129
And even then Teeka retained some rights in the matter.Page 132
He rummaged for the thousandth time in the cupboard.Page 133
Shortly before he reached them he heard a great commotion ahead of him--the loud screams of shes and balus, the savage, angry barking and growling of the great bulls.Page 137
In the past no one ever had thought to go forth in search of the shes that were occasionally stolen from the tribe.Page 143
She saw Tarzan's knife and picked it up.Page 153
After a few moments of terror, the blacks came closer to the cage, rage taking the place.Page 160
Why he swung through the dark shadows.Page 167
He never showed any outward demonstration of affection--he growled at Tarzan as he growled at the other bulls who came too close while he was feeding--but he would have died for Tarzan.Page 168
Among them was Teeka, listening with all her ears; but her voice was not raised in furtherance of the plan.