spoken to me in words I would not mistake, and I knew that I had loved
her since the first moment that my eyes had met hers that first time in
the plaza of the dead city of Korad.
A DUEL TO THE DEATH
My first impulse was to tell her of my love, and then I thought of the
helplessness of her position wherein I alone could lighten the burdens
of her captivity, and protect her in my poor way against the thousands
of hereditary enemies she must face upon our arrival at Thark. I could
not chance causing her additional pain or sorrow by declaring a love
which, in all probability she did not return. Should I be so
indiscreet, her position would be even more unbearable than now, and
the thought that she might feel that I was taking advantage of her
helplessness, to influence her decision was the final argument which
sealed my lips.
"Why are you so quiet, Dejah Thoris?" I asked. "Possibly you would
rather return to Sola and your quarters."
"No," she murmured, "I am happy here. I do not know why it is that I
should always be happy and contented when you, John Carter, a stranger,
are with me; yet at such times it seems that I am safe and that, with
you, I shall soon return to my father's court and feel his strong arms
about me and my mother's tears and kisses on my cheek."
"Do people kiss, then, upon Barsoom?" I asked, when she had explained
the word she used, in answer to my inquiry as to its meaning.
"Parents, brothers, and sisters, yes; and," she added in a low,
thoughtful tone, "lovers."
"And you, Dejah Thoris, have parents and brothers and sisters?"
She was silent, nor could I venture to repeat the question.
"The man of Barsoom," she finally ventured, "does not ask personal
questions of women, except his mother, and the woman he has fought for
"But I have fought--" I started, and then I wished my tongue had been
cut from my mouth; for she turned even as I caught myself and ceased,
and drawing my silks from her shoulder she held them out to me, and
without a word, and with head held high, she moved with the carriage of
the queen she was toward the plaza and the doorway of her quarters.
I did not attempt to follow her, other than to see that she reached the
building in safety, but, directing Woola to accompany her, I turned
disconsolately and entered my
Olga de Coude was a very beautiful woman, and Tarzan of the Apes a very lonely young man, with a heart in him that was in need of the doctoring that only a woman may provide.Page 37
Everything will point to--to what Rokoff wishes the count to think.Page 38
Very softly he tiptoed up the stairs and along the gallery to the door of his wife's boudoir.Page 39
You must go now--he must not find you here when he regains consciousness.Page 53
At first I promised to lure you to them, but you have been kind, and I cannot do it.Page 63
The Arabs did not wait to learn the identity of the oncomers.Page 70
"And with which detachment will Monsieur Tarzan ride?" asked the captain.Page 73
His finger tightened upon the trigger, and as he fired Numa sprang.Page 74
Chapter 10 Through the Valley of the Shadow As Tarzan walked down the wild canon beneath the brilliant African moon the call of the jungle was strong upon him.Page 75
His wound was but a slight scratch, which had furrowed the flesh across his temple.Page 105
" "John Caldwell?" questioned Miss Porter.Page 121
they cooked in vessels made all of solid metal like my armlet.Page 124
Tarzan stalked, after his own fashion, along the leafy way of the middle terrace.Page 131
Presently a Manyuema forged ahead of his companions; there was none to see from what direction death came, and so it came quickly, and a moment later those behind stumbled over the dead body of their comrade--the inevitable arrow piercing the still heart.Page 152
Once in the valley their progress was rapid, so that it was still light when they halted before the towering walls of the ancient city.Page 158
Then, as the men stopped their dance, and approached, she motioned to him to rise.Page 160
It seemed ages to the ape-man before her arm ceased its upward progress and the knife halted high above his unprotected breast.Page 163
"Nothing," he replied, "but you can do something for me--you can lead me out of this place to freedom.Page 191
"All you will get," and he raised the basin to his lips and drank; what was left he threw out upon the ground below.Page 203
" He dropped his eyes, for he was ashamed.