it before. Fully
thrice the size of the sun I had known throughout my life, and
apparently so near that the sight of it carried the conviction that one
might almost reach up and touch it.
"My God, Perry, where are we?" I exclaimed. "This thing is beginning
to get on my nerves."
"I think that I may state quite positively, David," he commenced, "that
we are--" but he got no further. From behind us in the vicinity of the
prospector there came the most thunderous, awe-inspiring roar that ever
had fallen upon my ears. With one accord we turned to discover the
author of that fearsome noise.
Had I still retained the suspicion that we were on earth the sight that
met my eyes would quite entirely have banished it. Emerging from the
forest was a colossal beast which closely resembled a bear. It was
fully as large as the largest elephant and with great forepaws armed
with huge claws. Its nose, or snout, depended nearly a foot below its
lower jaw, much after the manner of a rudimentary trunk. The giant
body was covered by a coat of thick, shaggy hair.
Roaring horribly it came toward us at a ponderous, shuffling trot. I
turned to Perry to suggest that it might be wise to seek other
surroundings--the idea had evidently occurred to Perry previously, for
he was already a hundred paces away, and with each second his
prodigious bounds increased the distance. I had never guessed what
latent speed possibilities the old gentleman possessed.
I saw that he was headed toward a little point of the forest which ran
out toward the sea not far from where we had been standing, and as the
mighty creature, the sight of which had galvanized him into such
remarkable action, was forging steadily toward me, I set off after
Perry, though at a somewhat more decorous pace. It was evident that
the massive beast pursuing us was not built for speed, so all that I
considered necessary was to gain the trees sufficiently ahead of it to
enable me to climb to the safety of some great branch before it came up.
Notwithstanding our danger I could not help but laugh at Perry's
frantic capers as he essayed to gain the safety of the lower branches
of the trees he now had reached. The stems were bare for a distance of
some fifteen feet--at least on those trees which Perry attempted to
ascend, for the suggestion of safety carried by the larger of the
The scene that met my eyes was so un-Martian that my heart sprang to my throat as the sudden fear swept through me that I had been aimlessly tossed upon some strange planet by a cruel fate.Page 12
We had just finished the last of our immediate antagonists as he spoke, and I turned in surprised wonderment at the sound of my name.Page 22
Instantly I sprang toward it to wrench it open again, for something in the uncanny movement of the thing and the tense and almost palpable silence of the chamber seemed to portend a lurking evil lying hidden in this rock-bound chamber within the bowels of the Golden Cliffs.Page 27
Think you, Tars Tarkas, that John Carter will fly at the first shriek of a cowardly foe who dare not come out into the open and face a good blade?" I had spoken in a loud voice that there might be no question that our would-be terrorizers should hear me, for I was tiring of this nerve-racking fiasco.Page 35
she whispered, "leave them to me," and pushing me advanced, all defenceless and unarmed, upon the snarling banths.Page 43
We sought them at the command of the Father of Therns.Page 49
At length, with a concerted rush, evidently in response to a signal of command, the pirates in our immediate vicinity dashed recklessly to the ground in the very midst of the thern soldiery.Page 50
Beneath the brilliant light of Mars' two glorious moons the whole scene presented itself in vivid distinctness.Page 56
It was evident to him that he soon must die unless he tore loose from the steel fingers that were choking the life from him.Page 58
Then things happened with such amazing rapidity that I can scarce comprehend even now all that took place in that brief instant.Page 60
" I caught a fleeting grin passing across the features.Page 73
The building which we now entered was entirely roofless.Page 74
So I was quite at a loss as to what to do or say.Page 79
There are men pitted against men, and against beasts for the edification of Issus and the replenishment of her larder.Page 80
Xodar was brought from the adjoining room.Page 85
Neither of us is dead.Page 104
"Come, we shall see now how well it works.Page 108
time the previous evening and knew that it marked the ending of the day, when the men of Omean spread their silks upon the deck of battleship and cruiser and fall into the dreamless sleep of Mars.Page 146
Zat Arrras has taken my sword from me, so the men of Zodanga no longer fear me.Page 155
Upon Hor Vastus devolved the delicate mission of organising a secret force of fighting-men sworn to follow John Carter wherever he might lead.