evinced by the
other who had brought me my original equipment, and now for the first
time I realized that my blow, on the occasion of my first battle in the
audience chamber had resulted in the death of my adversary.
The reason for the whole attitude displayed toward me was now apparent;
I had won my spurs, so to speak, and in the crude justice, which always
marks Martian dealings, and which, among other things, has caused me to
call her the planet of paradoxes, I was accorded the honors due a
conqueror; the trappings and the position of the man I killed. In
truth, I was a Martian chieftain, and this I learned later was the
cause of my great freedom and my toleration in the audience chamber.
As I had turned to receive the dead warrior's chattels I had noticed
that Tars Tarkas and several others had pushed forward toward us, and
the eyes of the former rested upon me in a most quizzical manner.
Finally he addressed me:
"You speak the tongue of Barsoom quite readily for one who was deaf and
dumb to us a few short days ago. Where did you learn it, John Carter?"
"You, yourself, are responsible, Tars Tarkas," I replied, "in that you
furnished me with an instructress of remarkable ability; I have to
thank Sola for my learning."
"She has done well," he answered, "but your education in other respects
needs considerable polish. Do you know what your unprecedented
temerity would have cost you had you failed to kill either of the two
chieftains whose metal you now wear?"
"I presume that that one whom I had failed to kill, would have killed
me," I answered, smiling.
"No, you are wrong. Only in the last extremity of self-defense would a
Martian warrior kill a prisoner; we like to save them for other
purposes," and his face bespoke possibilities that were not pleasant to
"But one thing can save you now," he continued. "Should you, in
recognition of your remarkable valor, ferocity, and prowess, be
considered by Tal Hajus as worthy of his service you may be taken into
the community and become a full-fledged Tharkian. Until we reach the
headquarters of Tal Hajus it is the will of Lorquas Ptomel that you be
accorded the respect your acts have earned you. You will be treated by
us as a Tharkian chieftain, but you must not forget that every chief
who ranks you is responsible for your safe delivery to our mighty and
most ferocious ruler. I am done."
Whether they were the young, or merely portions of a composite creature, I did not know.Page 28
almost hairless, having only a great bristly mane about its thick neck.Page 33
The hilt of his sword must have struck my head, for with the impact of the corpse I lost consciousness.Page 44
From there our way will lie within the temples of the therns and across them to the outer court.Page 48
Many are deformed, others maimed, while the majority, Thuvia explained, are sightless.Page 56
My grasp upon his throat effectually prevented any outcry, and so we struggled in grim silence; he to tear away from my hold, I to drag him over to his death.Page 79
Here the ceremony of entrance was repeated.Page 88
It is your own affair if you wish to be persecuted and humiliated; but were I you I should assert my manhood and defy my enemies.Page 91
When his eyes fell upon me they fairly bulged from his head.Page 103
Issus is threatened.Page 108
And I knew too that Xodar spoke the truth when he lauded the speed of his little craft, for nothing that cleaves the thin air of Mars can approximate the speed of the ships of Helium.Page 110
It was mid-afternoon when I was awakened by some one seizing my hand and covering it with kisses.Page 120
man, and I must admit that I seldom have felt so uncomfortable and embarrassed as I did that moment.Page 152
"A few miles west of me was a great waterway.Page 161
To think of that beautiful creature torn and rended by the cruel fangs of the hideous white apes!.Page 167
Should the therns attempt to check us at the southern verge of the ice cap it may result in the wrecking of all our plans and the total destruction of the expedition.Page 168
Here alone were dews and rains, here alone was an open sea, here was water in plenty; and all this was but the stamping ground of fierce brutes and from its beauteous and fertile expanse the wicked remnants of two once mighty races barred all the other millions of Barsoom.Page 171
"Surrender, in the name of the Jeddak of Helium, for you cannot escape," and it was signed, "Zat Arrras.Page 174
I now transferred Xodar to another battleship and sent him with all the transports and five thousand battleships directly overhead to the Temple of Issus.