may have happened to them."
"I want you to be happy," she said quite simply; "but I should be very
lonely if you went away and left me here."
He put his hand on her shoulder. "I would not do that, little girl,"
he said gently. "If you cannot go with me, I shall not go. If either
of us must go alone, it will be you."
Her face lighted to a wondrous smile. "Then we shall not be
separated," she said, "for I shall never leave you as long as we both
He looked down into her face for a moment and then: "Who was An-Tak?"
"My brother," she replied. "Why?"
And then, even less than before, could he tell her. It was then that
he did something he had never done before--he put his arms about her
and stooping, kissed her forehead. "Until you find An-Tak," he said,
"I will be your brother."
She drew away. "I already have a brother," she said, "and I do not
Days became weeks, and weeks became months, and the months followed one
another in a lazy procession of hot, humid days and warm, humid nights.
The fugitives saw never a Wieroo by day though often at night they
heard the melancholy flapping of giant wings far above them.
Each day was much like its predecessor. Bradley splashed about for a
few minutes in the cold pool early each morning and after a time the
girl tried it and liked it. Toward the center it was deep enough for
swimming, and so he taught her to swim--she was probably the first
human being in all Caspak's long ages who had done this thing. And
then while she prepared breakfast, the man shaved--this he never
neglected. At first it was a source of wonderment to the girl, for the
Galu men are beardless.
When they needed meat, he hunted, otherwise he busied himself in
improving their shelter, making new and better weapons, perfecting his
knowledge of the girl's language and teaching her to speak and to write
English--anything that would keep them both occupied. He still sought
new plans for escape, but with ever-lessening enthusiasm, since each
new scheme presented some insurmountable obstacle.
And then one day as a bolt out of a clear sky came that which blasted
the peace and security of their sanctuary forever. Bradley was just
emerging from the water after his morning plunge when from overhead
came the sound of flapping wings. Glancing quickly
The girl trembled at thought of her plight.Page 30
For half the night he continued his search, until presently he was brought to a.Page 34
The fair-skinned warriors, armed only with their long bows and a kind of short-handled war-axe, were almost helpless beneath the savage mounted green men at close quarters; but at a distance their sharp arrows did fully as much execution as the radium projectiles of the green men.Page 37
" "I had hoped," said Thuvia, "that we might find an asylum with these fair-skinned people.Page 50
With a sweep of his arm the Prince of Helium brushed the Lotharian aside, and with drawn sword sprang into the corridor without.Page 53
No slender shafts pierced her tender side.Page 57
Each was tightly closed by huge stone doors.Page 59
The beast ceased its growling.Page 62
At the crucial moment he appeared to lose the courage of his conviction.Page 64
they exist they are real.Page 65
Yet still he drew her toward him, until both were suddenly startled by a hideous growl that rumbled from the dark wood close behind them.Page 68
As the fellow drew closer, Carthoris halted to await his coming.Page 76
They will vanish, unscathed, when we have no further need for them.Page 79
Even in the hands of the giant green men bridle reins would be hopelessly futile against the mad savagery and mastodonic strength of the thoat, and so they are guided by that strange telepathic power with which the men of Mars have learned to communicate in a crude way with the lower orders of their planet.Page 81
Jav looked, too.Page 82
Had it been that she had surrendered to her father's wishes because of pique that the handsome Heliumite had not taken advantage of his visits to her father's court to push the suit for her hand that she had been quite sure he had contemplated since that distant day the two had sat together upon the carved seat within the gorgeous Garden of the Jeddaks that graced the inner courtyard of the palace of Salensus Oll at Kadabra? Did she love Kulan Tith? Bravely she tried to believe that she did; but all the while her eyes wandered through the coming darkness for the figure of a clean-limbed fighting man--black-haired and grey-eyed.Page 85
Cruel to their enemies are the men of Mars; but the word "enemies" is commonly interpreted to mean men only.Page 102
Like a wounded bird.Page 106
Each ocellus is furnished with its own lid, and the apt can, at will, close as many of the facets of his huge eyes as he chooses.Page 110