flows the length of the island, coming at last to a wood rather denser
than any that I had before encountered in this country. Well within
this forest my escort halted.
"There!" they said, and pointed ahead. "We are to go no farther."
Thus having guided me to my destination they left me. Ahead of me,
through the trees, I could see what appeared to be the foot of a steep
hill. Toward this I made my way. The forest ran to the very base of a
cliff, in the face of which were the mouths of many caves. They
appeared untenanted; but I decided to watch for a while before
venturing farther. A large tree, densely foliaged, offered a splendid
vantage-point from which to spy upon the cliff, so I clambered among
its branches where, securely hidden, I could watch what transpired
about the caves.
It seemed that I had scarcely settled myself in a comfortable position
before a party of cave men emerged from one of the smaller apertures in
the cliff-face, about fifty feet from the base. They descended into
the forest and disappeared. Soon after came several others from the
same cave, and after them, at a short interval, a score of women and
children, who came into the wood to gather fruit. There were several
warriors with them--a guard, I presume.
After this came other parties, and two or three groups who passed out
of the forest and up the cliff-face to enter the same cave. I could
not understand it. All who came out had emerged from the same cave.
All who returned reentered it. No other cave gave evidence of
habitation, and no cave but one of extraordinary size could have
accommodated all the people whom I had seen pass in and out of its
For a long time I sat and watched the coming and going of great numbers
of the cave-folk. Not once did one leave the cliff by any other
opening save that from which I had seen the first party come, nor did
any reenter the cliff through another aperture.
What a cave it must be, I thought, that houses an entire tribe! But
dissatisfied of the truth of my surmise, I climbed higher among the
branches of the tree that I might get a better view of other portions
of the cliff. High above the ground I reached a point whence I could
see the summit of the hill. Evidently it was a flat-topped butte
As to the details of his life during these years he was very reticent, in fact he would not talk of them at all.Page 7
that this thought did not occur to me until the following day removes any possible right to a claim to heroism to which the narration of this episode might possibly otherwise entitle me.Page 25
I presumed that my watchful guardian was Sola, nor was I wrong.Page 27
I quickly saw that I would have difficulty in escaping the fangs of the beast on a straightaway course, and so I met his charge by doubling in my tracks and leaping over him as he was almost upon me.Page 51
You will be treated by us as a Tharkian chieftain, but you must not forget that every chief who ranks you is responsible for your safe delivery to our mighty and most ferocious ruler.Page 52
"As you know I am not of Barsoom; your ways are not my ways, and I can only act in the future as I have in the past, in accordance with the dictates of my conscience and guided by the standards of mine own people.Page 55
A similar wave of feeling seemed to stir her; she drew away from me with a sigh, and with her earnest, beautiful face turned up to mine, she whispered: "I believe you, John Carter; I do not know what a 'gentleman' is, nor have I ever heard before of Virginia; but on Barsoom no man lies; if he does not wish to speak the truth he is silent.Page 56
At this point Sola returned with our meager belongings and her young Martian protege, who, of course, would have to share the quarters with them.Page 71
Not fit to.Page 76
I have seen but two people weep in all my life, other than Dejah Thoris; one wept from sorrow, the other from baffled rage.Page 81
She was imprisoned by Tal Hajus, and every effort, including the most horrible and shameful torture, was brought to bear upon her to wring from her lips the name of my father; but she remained steadfast and loyal, dying at last amidst the laughter of Tal Hajus and.Page 83
It required five hours to make one of these crossings without a single halt, and the other consumed the entire night, so that we were just leaving the confines of the high-walled fields when the sun broke out upon us.Page 94
Mounting, Sola upon one beast, and Dejah Thoris behind me upon the other, we rode from the city of Thark through the hills to the south.Page 95
All the following day we rode, and when, late in the afternoon we had sighted no distant trees, the mark of the great waterways throughout all Barsoom, the terrible truth flashed upon us--we were lost.Page 113
Instead of bothering with bolts and bars for their dwellings, the red Martians simply run them up out of harm's way during the night.Page 117
Sab Than, prince of Zodanga, has her hidden in the city and has fallen madly in love with her.Page 118
"This ruse will be discovered later," he cheerfully explained, "when they check up my weights, measurements, and other personal identification data, but it will be several months before this is done and our mission should be accomplished or have failed long before that time.Page 140
At the head of the column I rode beside the great Thark while at the heels of my mount trotted my beloved Woola.Page 151
Mors Kajak, Jed of lesser Helium, and father of Dejah Thoris.Page 152
Ten minutes after it touched at the palace a message called me to the council chamber, which I found filling with the members of that body.