pointed out as Helium. There were
other cities closer, but she said she feared to enter many of them, as
they were not all friendly toward Helium.
[Illustration: She drew upon the marble floor the first map of the
Barsoomian territory I had ever seen.]
Finally, after studying the map carefully in the moonlight which now
flooded the room, I pointed out a waterway far to the north of us which
also seemed to lead to Helium.
"Does not this pierce your grandfather's territory?" I asked.
"Yes," she answered, "but it is two hundred miles north of us; it is
one of the waterways we crossed on the trip to Thark."
"They would never suspect that we would try for that distant waterway,"
I answered, "and that is why I think that it is the best route for our
Sola agreed with me, and it was decided that we should leave Thark this
same night; just as quickly, in fact, as I could find and saddle my
thoats. Sola was to ride one and Dejah Thoris and I the other; each of
us carrying sufficient food and drink to last us for two days, since
the animals could not be urged too rapidly for so long a distance.
I directed Sola to proceed with Dejah Thoris along one of the less
frequented avenues to the southern boundary of the city, where I would
overtake them with the thoats as quickly as possible; then, leaving
them to gather what food, silks, and furs we were to need, I slipped
quietly to the rear of the first floor, and entered the courtyard,
where our animals were moving restlessly about, as was their habit,
before settling down for the night.
In the shadows of the buildings and out beneath the radiance of the
Martian moons moved the great herd of thoats and zitidars, the latter
grunting their low gutturals and the former occasionally emitting the
sharp squeal which denotes the almost habitual state of rage in which
these creatures passed their existence. They were quieter now, owing
to the absence of man, but as they scented me they became more restless
and their hideous noise increased. It was risky business, this
entering a paddock of thoats alone and at night; first, because their
increasing noisiness might warn the nearby warriors that something was
amiss, and also because for the slightest cause, or for no cause at all
some great bull thoat might take it upon himself to lead a charge upon
Having no desire to awaken their nasty tempers upon such a night as
It is a silly world, an idiotic world, and Tarzan of the Apes was a fool to renounce the freedom and the happiness of his jungle to come into it.Page 20
But the other thing that he saw was of more immediate interest.Page 43
Tomorrow morning at daylight--there is a secluded spot on the road not far from Etamps.Page 55
The Ouled-Nails had extinguished their candles at a cry from one of their number, and the only light within the yard came feebly from the open and half-blocked door of the cafe.Page 59
He returned to the roof and let Abdul down, then he lowered the girl to the arms of the waiting Arab.Page 63
He did not relish having been cheated out of a fight.Page 65
Porter, Miss Porter, and that enormous black woman, Miss Porter's maid--Esmeralda, you will recall.Page 78
He closes his eyes and waits for the mighty paw.Page 82
With a little cry of fear she shrank away from him--she thought that the fearful strain of the encounter had driven him mad.Page 105
"Mercy, Lord Tennington, you haven't even given us an opportunity to thank you, much less decide whether we shall be able to accept your generous invitation," said Mrs.Page 117
Chapter 15 From Ape to Savage The noise of their battle with Numa had drawn an excited horde of savages from the nearby village, and a moment after the lion's death the two men were surrounded by lithe, ebon warriors, gesticulating and jabbering--a thousand questions that drowned each ventured reply.Page 123
The black in the tree hastened down, but.Page 129
He could scarce repress a smile of triumph as he thought of their rage on discovering that their guard had been killed and their prisoners taken away.Page 132
You will fight just as I tell you to fight, or I shall leave you and go back to my own country.Page 142
" Clayton scanned the water in every direction.Page 150
It was quite dark before he knew it, but he was recalled to himself by a voice out of the night.Page 159
Each priestess bore two golden cups, and as they formed in line along one side of the altar the men formed opposite them, advancing and taking each a cup from the female opposite.Page 160
At the end of the line Tarzan could still hear the grumbling of the disgruntled priest.Page 163
"You are such a man as I have seen in my daydreams ever since I was a little girl.Page 165
"But how about myself?" he asked suddenly.