A Princess of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 146

mine."

"He does not need to be abashed who so well knew the answer to his plea
before the plea were made," she replied, rising and placing her dear
hands upon my shoulders, and so I took her in my arms and kissed her.

And thus in the midst of a city of wild conflict, filled with the
alarms of war; with death and destruction reaping their terrible
harvest around her, did Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, true daughter
of Mars, the God of War, promise herself in marriage to John Carter,
Gentleman of Virginia.




CHAPTER XXVI

THROUGH CARNAGE TO JOY


Sometime later Tars Tarkas and Kantos Kan returned to report that
Zodanga had been completely reduced. Her forces were entirely
destroyed or captured, and no further resistance was to be expected
from within. Several battleships had escaped, but there were thousands
of war and merchant vessels under guard of Thark warriors.

The lesser hordes had commenced looting and quarreling among
themselves, so it was decided that we collect what warriors we could,
man as many vessels as possible with Zodangan prisoners and make for
Helium without further loss of time.

Five hours later we sailed from the roofs of the dock buildings with a
fleet of two hundred and fifty battleships, carrying nearly one hundred
thousand green warriors, followed by a fleet of transports with our
thoats.

Behind us we left the stricken city in the fierce and brutal clutches
of some forty thousand green warriors of the lesser hordes. They were
looting, murdering, and fighting amongst themselves. In a hundred
places they had applied the torch, and columns of dense smoke were
rising above the city as though to blot out from the eye of heaven the
horrid sights beneath.

In the middle of the afternoon we sighted the scarlet and yellow towers
of Helium, and a short time later a great fleet of Zodangan battleships
rose from the camps of the besiegers without the city, and advanced to
meet us.

The banners of Helium had been strung from stem to stern of each of our
mighty craft, but the Zodangans did not need this sign to realize that
we were enemies, for our green Martian warriors had opened fire upon
them almost as they left the ground. With their uncanny marksmanship
they raked the on-coming fleet with volley after volley.

The twin cities of Helium, perceiving that we were friends, sent out
hundreds of vessels to aid us, and then began the first real air battle
I had ever witnessed.

The vessels carrying our green warriors were kept circling above the
contending fleets of Helium

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Chessmen of Mars

Page 1
We may thank Kar Komak, the bowman of Lothar.
Page 3
"It is so plain to all that he worships you," she replied.
Page 4
The mother and daughter exchanged the gentle, Barsoomian, "kaor" of greeting and kissed.
Page 13
"Yes, but they will still be desirable in the eyes of men after forty generations of Earth folk have returned to dust--there is no hurry, at least, upon Barsoom.
Page 26
Eight zodes later he would set--a trifle over nineteen and a half Earth hours--and during that time Thuria, his vivacious mate, would have circled the planet twice and be more than half way around on her third trip.
Page 32
She shuddered and trembled at the thought.
Page 52
The little party was digging tubers from the ground.
Page 71
Already the horrid hypnotic gaze of the king kaldane had seized upon the eyes of Gahan.
Page 92
What would the spiderman do in this emergency? She saw him crawl to his rykor and attach himself.
Page 93
" "Manator knows only the laws of Manator," replied U-Dor; "but come.
Page 94
On either side were great buildings wondrously wrought.
Page 119
"It cannot be that you do not know!" she exclaimed.
Page 129
Return him then to the pits and pursue the others and capture them.
Page 132
than because of any evidence against me, and so I knew that if I acknowledged you as one of us, you would be slain, too.
Page 136
I love harmony.
Page 141
"Are you better than a good swordsman?" asked A-Kor presently.
Page 145
The pieces all chosen, Turan led them to the place beside the playing field where they were to wait their turn, and here he passed the word around that they were to fight for more than the stake he offered for the princess should they win.
Page 160
" The Manatorian warrior, a derisive grin upon his lips, backed steadily away.
Page 194
They saw him raise his hand and snatch off the golden mask, and Tara of Helium in wide-eyed incredulity looked up into the face of Turan the panthan.
Page 195
Gahan was listening intently, as though for some hoped-for sound.