broke out again into one of her gay, happy, laughing moods;
joking with me on my prowess as a Thark warrior as contrasted with my
soft heart and natural kindliness.
"I presume that should you accidentally wound an enemy you would take
him home and nurse him back to health," she laughed.
"That is precisely what we do on Earth," I answered. "At least among
This made her laugh again. She could not understand it, for, with all
her tenderness and womanly sweetness, she was still a Martian, and to a
Martian the only good enemy is a dead enemy; for every dead foeman
means so much more to divide between those who live.
I was very curious to know what I had said or done to cause her so much
perturbation a moment before and so I continued to importune her to
"No," she exclaimed, "it is enough that you have said it and that I
have listened. And when you learn, John Carter, and if I be dead, as
likely I shall be ere the further moon has circled Barsoom another
twelve times, remember that I listened and that I--smiled."
It was all Greek to me, but the more I begged her to explain the more
positive became her denials of my request, and, so, in very
hopelessness, I desisted.
Day had now given away to night and as we wandered along the great
avenue lighted by the two moons of Barsoom, and with Earth looking down
upon us out of her luminous green eye, it seemed that we were alone in
the universe, and I, at least, was content that it should be so.
The chill of the Martian night was upon us, and removing my silks I
threw them across the shoulders of Dejah Thoris. As my arm rested for
an instant upon her I felt a thrill pass through every fiber of my
being such as contact with no other mortal had even produced; and it
seemed to me that she had leaned slightly toward me, but of that I was
not sure. Only I knew that as my arm rested there across her shoulders
longer than the act of adjusting the silk required she did not draw
away, nor did she speak. And so, in silence, we walked the surface of
a dying world, but in the breast of one of us at least had been born
that which is ever oldest, yet ever new.
I loved Dejah Thoris. The touch of my arm upon her naked shoulder
The girl was rather glad that he was to be a member of their little company, for she had found him a much travelled man and an interesting talker with none of the, to her, disgusting artificialities of the professional ladies' man.Page 6
Two hours after the departure of the men into the jungle Virginia heard the fall of axes on timber and knew that the site of her future home had been chosen and the work of clearing begun.Page 16
I have other, nobler aspirations for my daughter.Page 22
Cautiously he drew back, still looking about for some means to cross the chasm.Page 24
The thing was almost upon her now.Page 32
At Professor Maxon's direction Sing accompanied them.Page 35
The professor's ofttimes strange expression was attributed to an evil eye, and every ailment suffered by any member of the crew was blamed upon their employer's Satanic influence.Page 40
The girl did not see it, but as they came opposite it von Horn coughed twice, and then the two passed on toward the edge of the jungle.Page 42
exquisite thrill that had run through every fiber of his being at the sight of her averted eyes and flushed face.Page 50
I have been searching for you and Doctor von Horn.Page 58
"Answer me.Page 72
On their return Sing was setting the table on the verandah for the evening meal.Page 76
For several minutes that long, hollowed log was a veritable floating hell of savage, screaming men locked in deadly battle.Page 82
Once out of sight of the white man the two turned back and met a short distance in the rear of the party they had deserted--in another moment they were headed for the long-house from which they had started.Page 98
The girl and her father sat with von Horn upon the verandah of the long-house as Sing clambered up the notched log that led to it from the ground.Page 108
Failing in his attempt to undermine the loyalty of the two Dyaks von Horn had chosen the only other way to keep the knowledge of the whereabouts of the chest from Barunda's uncle and Muda Saffir, and now his principal interest in life was to escape the vengeance of the head hunters and return to the long-house before his absence should be detected.Page 109
So he explained to the chief the plan that had so suddenly sprung to his wicked mind.Page 122
knew that their plight was no fault of his.Page 123
"You have even tried to hide it that my position might be the easier to bear, and now that it may be too late I learn that I love you--that I have always loved you.Page 130
in this decision she must concur, for the truth might reveal some insurmountable obstacle to our marriage.