the mainland I discovered your own footprints in the sand
"I immediately set out in search of you, knowing as I did that you must
be entirely unarmed and defenseless against the many dangers which lurk
upon the mainland both in the form of savage beasts and reptiles, and
men as well. I had no difficulty in tracking you to this point. It is
well that I arrived when I did."
"But why did you do it?" I asked, puzzled at this show of friendship on
the part of a man of another world and a different race and color.
"You saved my life," he replied; "from that moment it became my duty to
protect and befriend you. I would have been no true Mezop had I evaded
my plain duty; but it was a pleasure in this instance for I like you.
I wish that you would come and live with me. You shall become a member
of my tribe. Among us there is the best of hunting and fishing, and
you shall have, to choose a mate from, the most beautiful girls of
Pellucidar. Will you come?"
I told him about Perry then, and Dian the Beautiful, and how my duty
was to them first. Afterward I should return and visit him--if I could
ever find his island.
"Oh, that is easy, my friend," he said. "You need merely to come to
the foot of the highest peak of the Mountains of the Clouds. There you
will find a river which flows into the Lural Az. Directly opposite the
mouth of the river you will see three large islands far out, so far
that they are barely discernible, the one to the extreme left as you
face them from the mouth of the river is Anoroc, where I rule the tribe
"But how am I to find the Mountains of the Clouds?" I asked. "Men say
that they are visible from half Pellucidar," he replied.
"How large is Pellucidar?" I asked, wondering what sort of theory these
primitive men had concerning the form and substance of their world.
"The Mahars say it is round, like the inside of a tola shell," he
answered, "but that is ridiculous, since, were it true, we should fall
back were we to travel far in any direction, and all the waters of
Pellucidar would run to one spot and drown us. No, Pellucidar is quite
flat and extends no man knows how far in all directions. At the edges,
As it came quite close to me I discovered that its strange movements, running its odd hands over the surface of the turf, were the result of its peculiar method of feeding, which consists in.Page 17
"Here is shelter for one at least, John Carter," he said, and, glancing down, I saw an opening in the base of the tree about three feet in diameter.Page 20
diameter as the entrance at the foot of the tree, and opened directly upon a large flat limb, the well worn surface of which testified to its long continued use as an avenue for some creature to and from this remarkable shaft.Page 24
"But now we know that it was no blasphemy, that the legend is a true one, and that the man told only of what he saw; but what does it profit us, John Carter, since even should we escape, we also would be treated as blasphemers? We are between the wild thoat of certainty and the mad zitidar of fact--we can escape neither.Page 43
" The men looked very sheepish and very scared.Page 58
Are you an enemy of the therns?" "I have been in the territory of the therns for a day and a half.Page 85
I did not awaken him, for sleep in prison is such a priceless boon that I have seen men transformed into raging brutes when robbed by one of their fellow-prisoners of a few precious moments of it.Page 93
The arena itself was far below the surface.Page 94
For a year they had served in the retinue of Issus; to-day they were to pay the price of this divine preferment with their lives; tomorrow they would grace the tables of the court functionaries.Page 95
At my back were the young girls, and as it was in their service that I fought, I remained standing there to meet my inevitable death, but with the determination to give such an account of myself as would long be remembered in the land of the First Born.Page 100
"We tumbled down the shaft that swallowed Issus as she was almost at our mercy.Page 108
And I knew too that Xodar spoke the truth when he lauded the speed of his little craft, for nothing that cleaves the thin air of Mars can approximate the speed of the ships of Helium.Page 109
There I found a flat surface about a foot in width and along this I walked until I came to the cell in which I saw the boy sitting upon his bench.Page 110
They had taken scarce a dozen steps when I too dropped to the ground and followed them leisurely toward the shore.Page 145
It is to save them from the unthinkably atrocious indignities that I have seen heaped upon the fair women of Barsoom in the place men call the Temple of Issus.Page 175
For the safety of our entrance upon Omean we depended largely upon the very boldness of it, believing that it would be some little time before the First Born on guard there would realize that it was an enemy and not their own returning fleet that was entering the vault of the buried sea.Page 177
had spent upon Barsoom had encompassed but five years and ninety-six days of Martian time, whose days are forty-one minutes longer than ours, and whose years number six hundred and eighty-seven days.Page 178
I explained my plan to her.Page 188
The repulsive creature, squatting there in terror, attempted to escape me and leap into a trap behind her.