passed on to the younger members of the community
as necessity demands.
The women and children of a man's retinue may be likened to a military
unit for which he is responsible in various ways, as in matters of
instruction, discipline, sustenance, and the exigencies of their
continual roamings and their unending strife with other communities and
with the red Martians. His women are in no sense wives. The green
Martians use no word corresponding in meaning with this earthly word.
Their mating is a matter of community interest solely, and is directed
without reference to natural selection. The council of chieftains of
each community control the matter as surely as the owner of a Kentucky
racing stud directs the scientific breeding of his stock for the
improvement of the whole.
In theory it may sound well, as is often the case with theories, but
the results of ages of this unnatural practice, coupled with the
community interest in the offspring being held paramount to that of the
mother, is shown in the cold, cruel creatures, and their gloomy,
loveless, mirthless existence.
It is true that the green Martians are absolutely virtuous, both men
and women, with the exception of such degenerates as Tal Hajus; but
better far a finer balance of human characteristics even at the expense
of a slight and occasional loss of chastity.
Finding that I must assume responsibility for these creatures, whether
I would or not, I made the best of it and directed them to find
quarters on the upper floors, leaving the third floor to me. One of
the girls I charged with the duties of my simple cuisine, and directed
the others to take up the various activities which had formerly
constituted their vocations. Thereafter I saw little of them, nor did
I care to.
LOVE-MAKING ON MARS
Following the battle with the air ships, the community remained within
the city for several days, abandoning the homeward march until they
could feel reasonably assured that the ships would not return; for to
be caught on the open plains with a cavalcade of chariots and children
was far from the desire of even so warlike a people as the green
During our period of inactivity, Tars Tarkas had instructed me in many
of the customs and arts of war familiar to the Tharks, including
lessons in riding and guiding the great beasts which bore the warriors.
These creatures, which are known as thoats, are as dangerous and
vicious as their masters, but when once subdued are sufficiently
tractable for the purposes of the green Martians.
Two of these animals
"I suppose I should, but yet from purely selfish motives I.Page 6
I would be a poor wife for an English lord were I to be responsible for his shirking a plain duty.Page 9
Before the officers had taken a dozen backward steps the men were upon them.Page 15
Closer and closer it came until they could hear the great beast directly beneath them.Page 18
" But he knew he was facing a horrible death, and so did she.Page 37
The cries of the gorilla proclaimed that it was in mortal combat with some other denizen of the fierce wood.Page 46
She should have been safe now but there was a rending, tearing sound, the branch broke and precipitated her full upon the head of Tublat, knocking him to the ground.Page 85
"You damned coward," cried the young man.Page 87
Ho! Professor! Mr.Page 96
He knew that one of the sailors might be the author of it; but the fact that he had left the.Page 112
For a moment the men stood silently looking at the result of their fellow's grim humor.Page 118
Well, to make a long story short, we found the island and the treasure--a great iron-bound oak chest, wrapped in many layers of oiled sailcloth, and as strong and firm as when it had been buried nearly two hundred years ago.Page 124
As Terkoz reached the group, five huge, hairy beasts sprang upon him.Page 137
It was a stately and gallant little compliment performed with the grace and dignity of utter unconsciousness of self.Page 138
When Jane awoke, she did not at first recall the strange events of the preceding day, and so she wondered at her odd surroundings--the little leafy bower, the soft grasses of her bed, the unfamiliar prospect from the opening at her feet.Page 144
they reached the center of the village.Page 147
"I am already repaid," he said.Page 148
"We did not see him," he replied quietly.Page 166
" Chapter XXV The Outpost of the World With the report of his gun D'Arnot saw the door fly open and the figure of a man pitch headlong within onto the cabin floor.Page 175
Mounting the broad steps, with brandished knife, the Negro made straight for a party of four men sitting at a table sipping the inevitable absinthe.