knowing, would have understood.
Yes, Teeka was indeed beautiful!
Of course Kala had been beautiful--one's mother is always that--but
Teeka was beautiful in a way all her own, an indescribable sort of way
which Tarzan was just beginning to sense in a rather vague and hazy
For years had Tarzan and Teeka been play-fellows, and Teeka still
continued to be playful while the young bulls of her own age were
rapidly becoming surly and morose. Tarzan, if he gave the matter much
thought at all, probably reasoned that his growing attachment for the
young female could be easily accounted for by the fact that of the
former playmates she and he alone retained any desire to frolic as of
But today, as he sat gazing upon her, he found himself noting the
beauties of Teeka's form and features--something he never had done
before, since none of them had aught to do with Teeka's ability to race
nimbly through the lower terraces of the forest in the primitive games
of tag and hide-and-go-seek which Tarzan's fertile brain evolved.
Tarzan scratched his head, running his fingers deep into the shock of
black hair which framed his shapely, boyish face--he scratched his head
and sighed. Teeka's new-found beauty became as suddenly his despair.
He envied her the handsome coat of hair which covered her body. His
own smooth, brown hide he hated with a hatred born of disgust and
contempt. Years back he had harbored a hope that some day he, too,
would be clothed in hair as were all his brothers and sisters; but of
late he had been forced to abandon the delectable dream.
Then there were Teeka's great teeth, not so large as the males, of
course, but still mighty, handsome things by comparison with Tarzan's
feeble white ones. And her beetling brows, and broad, flat nose, and
her mouth! Tarzan had often practiced making his mouth into a little
round circle and then puffing out his cheeks while he winked his eyes
rapidly; but he felt that he could never do it in the same cute and
irresistible way in which Teeka did it.
And as he watched her that afternoon, and wondered, a young bull ape
who had been lazily foraging for food beneath the damp, matted carpet
of decaying vegetation at the roots of a near-by tree lumbered
awkwardly in Teeka's direction. The other apes of the tribe of Kerchak
moved listlessly about or lolled restfully in the midday heat of the
equatorial jungle. From time to time one or another of them had passed
Victory and Defeat FOREWORD Twelve years had passed since I had laid the body of my great-uncle, Captain John Carter, of Virginia, away from the sight of men in that strange mausoleum in the old cemetery at Richmond.Page 2
' He entered the vault.Page 4
I call them birds since they were winged, but mortal eye ne'er rested on such odd, unearthly shapes.Page 22
Without more ado I swung the door wide open and, followed by the huge Thark, stepped into the chamber.Page 23
"She, I thought, awaited me by the Lost Sea of Korus.Page 49
I questioned Thuvia, asking her what enemies the therns could fear in their impregnable fortress.Page 65
My close-cropped black hair and thern complexion were the subjects of much comment.Page 67
It is an honour to a lesser creature to be a slave among us.Page 69
"Issus would wipe out your entire breed an' you ever came within sight of her temple.Page 79
I thought the limit of ghoulishness already had been reached in the recitation of Issus' menu.Page 101
There is a strange sensation connected with an experience of that nature which is quite difficult to describe.Page 109
meantime I was to fetch the red youth to our cell so that we would be in readiness to make our rash break for freedom together.Page 132
Here a low whistle, the prearranged signal, apprised the balance of our party that I was returning, and we were met by the three with every manifestation of enthusiastic rejoicing.Page 133
I turned and saw that she had.Page 140
Tars Tarkas grieved for the loss of his daughter.Page 154
Nothing shall stay me now short of death, and should I die, my friends, will you take oath to prosecute the search for her and bring her back in safety to her grandfather's court?" Upon the hilt of his sword each of them swore to do as I had asked.Page 158
At length they halted within a fair-sized chamber.Page 169
"Your orders, Prince.Page 176
He recognized me from the three trips that I had taken with him during my captivity among the First Born.Page 185
I knew that I was needed there, but I dared not leave Dejah Thoris, nor dared I take her with me into the turmoil and danger of battle.